A Starry Look Is The Latest Trend In Ear Piercing

Have you got your ears pierced? Only once? Boring. Once just isn’t enough for fashion conscious tweens, teens and twenteens in this day and age. Now you should have not just a single star sparkling on your earlobe but should instead get a whole constellation of piercings. This starry, mix and match look is the latest trend in the world of ear piercing and a way to add subtle and not so subtle visual interest to your profile.

With this look, the lobe can be pierced with at least three holes, designed to allow the wearing of several different earrings at the same time. A collection of three delicate studs or small hoops creates a minor galaxy of your ear, a galaxy that can of course be added to with further piercings higher on the ear. With this look, delicate sparkle is usually the order of the day. Though sometimes one or two larger earrings can be intermingled with the smaller ones, becoming a star orbited by planets, moons round a planet, or the moon in a sparkling night sky.

With a small cluster of piercings on your lobe and another cluster high on the cartilage, you could really incorporate a little sparkle which could lift your skin tone and brighten your eyes, showing your face off to its best advantage. Earrings can help you to soften the shape of your face, elongate it, broaden it or draw attention to your best features and away from those you are not so happy with. Take care when choosing where to place your constellation piercings and how to fill them as the exact configuration and look could be used to enhance your appearance, while if you get it wrong it could end up having the opposite effect.

Look at yourself carefully in the mirror and play around with a pen or some stickers to see what you would look like with different patterns of piercings. Piercing your ears in a way that is a little out of the ordinary could help you to create your own personal look and stand out from the crowd in the best possible way. Be quirky and be yourself and your character and charm is bound to shine through.

This look will mean that you will not just have to choose one pair of earrings to put on each day and so can be a lot more creative when it comes to constructing your own signature look.

Cartilage Piercing Is a Popular Form of Ear Piercing

Normal ear lobe piercing has been popular for many decades in various civilizations, if not for centuries. Using pierced earlobes to hold decorations such as earrings and danglers is the most common form of body jewellery after finger rings, although it has lately become fashionable to use other parts of the ear, or even of the body, in order to be different. The tragus was the obvious candidate for this, and tragus piercings have risen in popularity over the past several years.

What is Cartilage Piercing?

Cartilage is constructed, not just of skin and flesh as your earlobes are, but also of a tough connective tissue intended to offer structure to features in your body. Your joints use cartilage to protect the bones from abrasion as they rub together, and your rib cage contains a great deal of cartilage tissue. With respect to your face, your nose is mainly cartilage, as is the main structure of your ear which is becoming increasingly popular for this type of decoration.

Forms of Cartilage Piercing

Cartilage is more difficult to pierce than the soft tissue of an ear lobe, and special care should be taken when it is carried out. There are several forms of cartilage piercing that are commonly used, these being:

Helix

Your helix is the outside edge of the ear, which curls back to form a sound channel, directing sound round into the main part of your middle ear. A standard helix will penetrate the ear once while an industrial piercing will penetrate it twice.

Conch

The conch gets its name from the seashell it resembles. It is the central cartilaginous area of your ear, and fairly easy to pierce. If you decide to have conch rings, they are fairly difficult to match to each other.

Tragus Piercing

A pierced tragus is another common form of cartilage piercing. The tragus is the triangular nub of cartilage close to your cheekbone and slightly above earlobe. This is quite a thick piece of cartilage, which is perhaps why it has only relatively recent become popular as an alternative to other parts of the ear. It is commonly decorated with rings, barbells and tragus bars.

Pain of Cartilage Piercing

The pain involved in having cartilage pierced depends on the location, the diameter of the jewellery and whether the tissue is pierced once or twice. Orbital and industrial styles are double pierced, and are more painful than single. Even if you don’t feel a lot during the process itself, you will know about it during healing – but it’s worth it.

Cartilage Healing

The time taken to heal again depends on where it is and how large the hole is. To facilitate healing, your jewellery must be sterile or bacterial infection will hold up the healing process. You can expect to wait anything from 2 months to a year for a cartilage piercing to heal completely, and it is important that you keep the jewellery in while it is healing – it can be taken out, for only for a few minutes or so to thoroughly wash and disinfect the wound.

A teaspoon of salt dissolved in a small cup of warm water is good for washing your ears, and you could also use a commercial solution such as H2Ocean.

Other Advice

Cartilage piercing should be carried out with a needle, and by a professionally trained piercer. A gun can cause great damage to cartilage and bad scarring. Never try it yourself, but go to a professional body piercer who should be professionally trained.