Hoping to take your ear piercing game to the new level? Think you want an ear cartilage piercing but you’re not sure what kind? You came to the right place! Spencer’s is here to show you everything you need to know about helix piercings, a popular piece of body jewelry that is versatile and stylish. We will go over helix piercing types, helix jewelry types, healing times, and SO much more.
Before we get started on our guide to getting a helix piercing, it’s important to remember that body piercing healing times can vary. Ear cartilage piercings usually take about 3-6 months to heal on average, but this isn’t a guarantee. The healing process is super important, and keeping up with the piercing aftercare will ensure that your healing period goes smoothly. Keep in mind that body piercings are a big commitment and that they should always be done by professionals.
Helix Piercing Types
Double Helix and Triple Helix Piercings
Double Helix Piercing Location: A double helix piercing consists of two helix piercings that sit vertically on the upper ear. To achieve a triple helix piercing, you can add a third piercing. You can also get a double forward helix piercing or a triple forward helix piercings.
Double Helix Piercing Process: This body piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 or 18 gauge piercing needle.
Healing Time: 3-6 months
Forward Helix Piercing
Forward Helix Piercing Location: A forward helix ear piercing, also known as an anti-helix piercing, is located where the upper outside ear cartilage meets the face. The forward helix is located above the ear canal and across from the standard helix. You can also get a double forward helix piercing or a triple forward helix piercings.
Forward Helix Piercing Process: This body piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 or 18 gauge piercing needle.
Healing Time: 3-6 months
Helix Piercing Location: A standard helix piercing is located on the upper ear, on the outside ear cartilage. It is directly horizontal to the forward helix piercing (also known as the anti-helix). You can also get mid-helix piercings (slightly lower than a standard helix piercing) and low helix piercings (slightly lower than a mid-helix piercing).
Helix Piercing Process: This body piercing is typically performed with a hollow 16 or 18 gauge piercing needle.
Healing Time: 3-6 months
Now that you’ve learned about the different types of helix ear piercings, here are a few helpful piercing FAQs:
Q: How long does a helix piercing take to heal?
A: Helix piercing healing times vary. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about the healing period, cartilage piercing bumps or swelling, and cleaning routines before getting your piercing.
Q: How much does a helix piercing hurt?
A: Helix piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about pain management before getting your cartilage pierced.
Q: How much does a helix piercing cost? How much does helix jewelry cost?
A: Helix piercing cost depends on where you live and which piercing studio you’ll choose. There are different types of piercings that have varying prices. There are also different types of jewelry, such as a hoop helix rings and industrial barbells, which may have a higher price than a standard cartilage stud earring. We recommend calling a professional piercer for cartilage earring prices or any other body jewelry prices.
Q: Why shouldn’t I get a helix cartilage piercing?
A: If you’re questioning whether or not you should get a body piercing or any type of body modification, we recommend talking to a professional and considering everything before committing. Not every piercing is for everyone, and that’s okay! Take your time deciding if you want a helix piercing, and speak with a professional to make sure you’re making the best decision you can for your body. We recommend starting with a standard ear lobe piercing if you’ve never had body jewelry before. If you decide that you want one, Spencer’s has tons of cute helix piercings to choose from.
Q: How long should I wait to change my helix piercing jewelry?
A: You need to wait until the body piercing is completely healed before changing jewelry. The helix piercing healing process can take up to 6 months, so it’s important that you use the same piece of jewelry during that time and keep up with the piercing aftercare. We recommend using H2Ocean aftercare spray or saline solution to keep your piercing clean.
Q: What types of helix rings are out there?
A: Although a helix stud is standard when getting a helix earring, helix hoops, captive rings and helix ear cuffs are some of the helix rings you should check out once your piercing is healed.
Q: How do you give yourself a helix earring?
A: Helix piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. We recommend talking to a piercing professional about pain management before getting your cartilage pierced You don’t! Helix piercings or any kind of cartilage earrings need to be done professionally to prevent any possible infections or other complications during the healing process.
Q: How do I care for my helix earring?
A: We recommend speaking with your piercing professional for guidelines on helix piercing care, but you can learn more about how to clean your piercing and jewelry, types of piercings, types of jewelry, and general piercing info on our blog.
Q: Can men wear helix piercings too?
A: Cartilage piercings are for men and women!
Q: Can I get an allergic reaction from my helix jewelry?
A: Allergic reactions to your helix jewelry is a possibility, and could result in a rash, redness, or bumps. Contact a piercing professional and make sure that getting a helix cartilage piercing is the right move for you. Be sure to discuss jewelry material options before getting pierced. Check with a doctor beforehand to learn more about your allergies.
Now that we’ve gone over all of the most important piercing FAQs, let’s go shopping! Whether you’re looking for ear lobe jewelry, helix jewelry, or any other kind of body jewelry, Spencer’s has it all.
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