10 Different Types of Ear Piercings That Are Most Popular Right Now

Added by Nicola Porrill on Mar 12, 2017
types of ear piercings

Deciding to get your ears pierced is an exciting and confusing time - believe me, I've been through it myself. Once I had decided to get mine done, the next thing to pop into my mind was, "what about the pain?!" Will it be terrible, will I immediately regret my decision? Needless to say, the pain goes away, and it's not that bad (depending on which type of ear piercing you decide to go with, of course.)

So I think the #1 question you should be asking yourself is, "what type of ear piercing do I want?" There are plenty of options to suit all styles and pain thresholds, so choosing the right piercing will have a huge impact on your overall satisfaction when all is said and done. This list will go through the different types of ear piercings, along with some pictures to help you decide if it's the right one for you.

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Daith Piercing

Just above the opening of the ear canal is a small ridge of cartilage, and this is where you might find a daith piercing. It's a fairly difficult part of the ear to get to in order to actually pierce it, so curved needles are usually used. Once the deed is done, though, a wide range of straight and hooped jewelry can be worn in it. It actually ends up as one of the more original, cuter ear piercings to look at!

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Earlobe Gauging

As the earlobe is so soft and fleshy, it's very flexible in terms of what you can do with it. There is no cartilage in the lobe, so it's easy to pierce. However, it doesn't stop there. Once the piercing has healed, it is becoming increasingly popular to stretch it, creating a much bigger hole. People have been known to take it to extremes, stretching their earlobe piercings to such a size that they could fit jar lids in them. A word of caution for anyone considering going down this road, though: it does carry its risks. Stretch it too big, and it's not guaranteed to shrink back to its original size at a later date. During stretching, it's not uncommon for the piercing to bleed, and for scar tissue to form. Then there's always the risk that it could stretch too far, ripping the hole in the earlobe wide open. That is certainly not a good look.

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