Top 16 Different Types of Ear Piercings

We are living in the times where experimentation is the new normal. Be it Lady Gaga’s whacky outfits or Katy Perry’s sometimes blue, sometimes green hair; the celebs have got it all covered. Now, if you were to keep a mundane look, it won’t be really good, right?  The glitzy people may afford to go overboard with the experimenting business, but that privileged exclusivity should not deter you from hopping into the world of quirk and sass. When in doubt, you can always opt for piercing. Piercings add an element of jazz to your otherwise laid back, boring outlook. Piercing, nowadays, is being done on almost every and any body part. However, ear piercing is something which is highly common and provides you with a whole avenue of options in itself. Here are some of those types of ear piercings which are bound to get heads spinning.

16. Standard Lobe Piercing

standard lobe

This is the type of piercing that is the most common. The lobe is relatively softer than other parts of the ear. This is probably the first piercing you have as a child or even a teenager. It is simple and elegant, adding oodles of glam quotient to your persona. In some cultures, it is even a part of the tradition.

15. Upper Lobe Piercing

upper lobe

Just like its name, the piercing too is highly simple, with just the right amount of twist. The upper portion of the lobe is punctured in this. It is one of the least painful piercings. People adorn those upper lobes with gorgeous studs and rings. if you are on the lookout for a piercing that won’t rip your insides apart and yet look spunky, this is the one for you.

14. Auricle Piercing

auricle

Auricle piercing refers to the piercing done at the middle part of the outer rim of your ear. The auricle is loaded with nerves and hence, getting it punctured tends to be too painful. Embellishing it with silver rings is a great way of having fun with your auricles.

13. Conch Piercing

conch piercing

Conch piercing involves perforation of the ear cartilage. Conch piercings are of two types-inner and outer. Tough the inner conch piercing is more popular, the outer one looks just as good. Grapevine says conch piercing helps in curing asthma too! We cannot guarantee that but yeah, it sure as hell looks hot.

12. Helix Piercing

helix

In 90s or early 2000s, there were two things that shrieked rebel-tattoos and helix piercing. Almost all those outcast teenagers have tried helix piercing at least once. It just screams rockstar and metalhead. This piercing is generally done with the help of piercing gun and is extremely painful.

11. Industrial Piercing

industrial

There is nothing that can match the coolness quotient of industrial piercing or Scaffold piercing. For this, you’ll have to get two perforations made on the upper cartilage. A horizontal wire is then made to pass through both and it connects them. Usually, an earring in the shape of an arrow is used for this, to provide a more dramatic touch to it.

10. Tragus Piercing

tragus

Tragus piercing is one of the highly infamous piercings due to their being highly prone to infections and irritation. The outer portion of the ear that falls to the inner side of your face is where you need to face the needle. When adorned with pretty gems, it looks absolutely stunning.

9. Rook Piercing

rook

Rook piercing is highly technical and requires great precision. It is done on two different cartilages, more specifically, the cartilage fold on the upper inner ear. It tends to get stretched and inflamed very often, causing a lot of further pain. Yet, it is highly captivating when bejeweled with a white, sparkling stud. Worth the pain, do we say?

8. Snug Piercing

snug

Snug piercing is the adjacent, inner ear counterpart of helix piercing. Consequently, it is also called anti-helix. The cartilage is not too deep. A hanging ball earring or a plain yet spunky ring looks super stylish in snug piercing.

7. Orbital Piercing

orbital

Orbital piercing is a lot like industrial piercing except that the piece of jewelry does not connect the holes horizontally but rather from front. Usually, a circular or heart shaped ring is used to beautify the already pretty part of your ear. It looks utterly gorgeous with a perfect combination of spark and dainty.

6. Anti-tragus Piercing

anti tragus

Just like snug is the neighbour of helix, anti-tragus is that of tragus. It is performed in a similar way like tragus. However, anti-tragus is not that prone to stretching and irritation. A sleek ring looks just fine with this uncommon piercing.

5. Daith Piercing

daith

This piercing has the ring pass through the ear’s innermost cartilage fold. This piercing might seem horrendous but when you get down to business, you’ll realise it is not as painful as it looks. It looks quite similar to tragus due to its position. Yet, the complications and nasty irritation that accompany tragus are absolutely divorced from daith. It is a fairly easier piercing when compared to its cranky cousins.

4. Graduate Lobe Piercing

graduate lobe

This one is an absolute die-for! You need three or more earrings of same design but different sizes. This kind of piercing is a combination of three or more piercings done on the lobe at a certain interval from each other. You may use pretty hoops or twinkling gems for the same. This type of piercing has the power to make you the centre of attraction in even the most crowded of places.

Pro-tip: You can adorn thick, black rings to get a rock chick look or dainty, white studs to get a dolled up glam girl look. Talk about being versatile, eh?

3. Transverse Lobe Piercing

transverse lobbe

Transverse lobe piercing is usually done with a barbell. The earlobe is pierced horizontally at an angle and a piece of jewelry is passed through both the perforations, which makes the piercing an immediate eye-catching one. You can choose whichever angle you want, but do keep in mind the size of your earlobe and piece of jewelry to be used. Despite the fact that lobe piercings tend to heal quickly, this one takes relatively more time for the same. It requires proper cleaning with a saline solution at least twice a day.

2. Forward Helix Piercing

forward helix

This one works on the similar function that is carried out in graduate lobe piercing. Your helix is pierced at three places on a regular interval. Three graduated ring or studs are then inserted into the puncture junctions. It is more painful than its lobe counterpart. It takes a lot of time to heal and get back to normal. A quick way of aiding its healing process would be giving it hot saline fermentation.

1. Ear Weaving Piercing

ear weaving

The most enigmatic piercing of all deserves to be saved for the top spot. As the name suggests, it is consisted of a number of piercings that are connected to each other with the help of a single piece of jewelry. This piece of jewelry is generally in the shape of a spiral. It is not just the location of the piercings, which is generally the helix, which makes it more amusing but rather the shape of the jewelry that adds an enchanting appeal to the piercing. It is quite painful but totally worth the pain.

Wait no more. Pick your favorite option and get those piercings done. Opt for various combinations. Experiment with them. You are bound to look drop dead gorgeous and charming.

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