One of the things I get a lot of comments on are my piercings. As someone who is NOT into tattoos, I am definitely into piercings. Why? No idea. I’m anti-tattoos because they’re too permanent. And for someone who tends to make quick decisions due to lack of patience, I feel like it’s a bad combination for me. But piercings aren’t permanent and are a lot less work.
A fun fact you may or may not know about me, is that I had my nose pierced in the 8th grade. It was adroable, a cute little diamond stud. My mom brought me to the piercing studio to get it done. Which most people would think is insane, but my mom thought they were cute too! And it was! I wish I got it re-done years ago as it fell out during cheer practice in high school and I could never get it back in and just gave up. Now everyone seems to have a pretty gold hoop in their nose and I’m obsessed. At 33, I think I’m officially too old to NOW get a nose ring.
This may be why I’ve resulted in getting more ear piercings then. Here’s what I have pierced. Starting from the lobe and going up around on each ear…
- Upper Lobe (that’s just fancy talk for a second hole)
- Rook – the little hoop
- Tragus – that thing that sticks out in your ear – this was my most painful piercing until…
- Upper Lobe
- Conch – This is the giant gold hoop and was the WORST experience out of all my piercings.
- Front Helix
Since my conch is one of my FAVORITE piercings I have, but hands down the most painful, I have to share a great substitution to get the look. Instead of dealing with the pain, the healing time and the expensive piece of jewelry it requires (it has to be a custom size so it doesn’t press on your ear, quality 14k gold metal and so on), a cuff is a great option instead. Here are a few fun ear cuffs to get the same look with a conch piercing. They’re so affordable and look great. Take it from me, unless you’re die-hard into piercings, just pick up one of these affordable cuffs instead!
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How To Get Rid Of Your Belly Button Ring Hole
And just like we all had in high school, I once had my belly button pierced. I had it for years but had some issues with how it was initially pierced resulting in me getting it re-pierced. Many of you probably took yours out and have a tiny hole, right? Same. But there’s actually a way to get RID of that tiny hole.
When you get something pierced, you (hopefully) are going to professionals and they’re using hollow needles. This way you’re not punching through the skin, instead, it takes out a tiny bit of skin with the hollow needle. This is the safest way to do it. Then the jewelry goes in and your body heals around the jewelry.
This is why when you take your jewelry out and hope that it closes up, it never really closes up 100%. It already healed around jewelry and the skin will only close up so much. So in order to get that little tiny hole to fully close up, you have to create trauma to it again.
That sounds severe.
But really, you just need to go into a reputable piercing studio and ask them to stretch the hole. Yes. I know. Crazy, but it’s how to do it! It doesn’t really hurt. I mean for a second. But what you’re doing is causing trauma to the skin and slightly tearing it a bit where it was once healed around jewelry. Then your body will begin to heal it and close up since you DON’T have jewelry in it. That belly button ring hole had no reason to heal before when you just took the jewelry out, because, well, it already healed AROUND the jewelry.
If you’re in the Atlanta area, I recommend visiting Virtue & Vice on Buford Highway for a reputable piercing studio. They’re fantastic! This is also where I get all of the jewelry for my piercings as it’s high quality and sterilized.
Photos by Hannah Lozano