Sunday, 5 April 2015

Evie Talks: Piercings ♥

Some of you may or may not be aware, but I used to have four ear piercings. I thought it might be interesting to discuss my own personal experiences with these piercings in full honesty...

When I was 13, I got the lobes of my ears pierced, which is pretty expected for girls that age. The beauticians used a piercing gun, which at the time I thought was fine. Using piercing guns is not a good idea for so many reasons! Although my lobe piercings were luckily fine, using a gun can put you more at risk to infections. Everyone's earlobes come in different shapes and sizes. As piercing guns use standard length earrings, people with thicker ear lobes may find their earrings are tighter than they should be. By using a gun, the piercing will be more painful, this is because most guns will be using just a blunt ended stud with force to piece your ear. Over the years, I have worn earrings on and off, I'm lucky the holes didn't close up to be honest. I do still have my lobe piercings, and I usually wear diamond style studs in them for everyday use now. I have found that I can't really wear cheap metal earrings because my ears are sensitive and can become sore and painful, this is a common problem for a lot of people so be careful when purchasing earrings. 

At 17, I went through a bit of a rebellious stage. I was a lot more spontaneous in terms of piercings than I would be now. In August 2013, I went with my brother to get my helix (the top part of your ear) pierced. I went to a professional piercings shop this time, and a proper needle was used. The cartilage is numbed first using a spray, but not going to lie to you, it does hurt! I had wanted this piercing for ages, and I hid it from my parents for about 6 weeks because they weren't a fan of the idea. I wouldn't recommend going behind your parent's backs by the way, remember that they probably are more knowledgable and have more life experience than you, so do consider what they have to say. I had my helix piercing for about a year and a half in the end, until it sadly got infected with a horrible keloid scar about 6 months ago. I took it out because of the pain, but I wasn't able to ever get my earring back in so I just left it to heal. I did love my helix piercing when I had it, I wore either cute bars or a small ring in it. Although, I probably wouldn't get it done again purely because I can't be bothered with all the hassle. Unfortunately, I'm now just left with a bit of a lumpy scar on my ear (ew), but it will fade over time. I think I paid about £15-£20 to get my helix pierced. If you're thinking of getting it done, please make sure you get it done by a properly trained piercer, and definitely don't get it done using a gun because it can seriously damage your ear cartilage. 

About 2 months after getting my helix pierced, I took a spontaneous trip to the piercing shop after college to get my tragus piercing done. You can see my tragus piercing in the picture at the top of this post. It did look pretty, but this piercing I do regret. It cost about £25, and it was SO painful to get pierced, despite the 'numbing' spray. I took it out after only a few months, because it wasn't healing properly and was so painful. I also hated changing the earring in it, because it was so tricky to do and hurt a lot. As I have long hair, it wasn't really visible either so I just didn't see keeping it as worth the pain. 

So, that's my little storytime today about my piercing experiences. If you'd like to ask me anything about any of my piercings (past or current) then feel free to comment or use the contact form at the bottom of this page. Don't forget to give me a little follow on bloglovin' if you're interested in keeping up to date with my posts. 

Happy Easter! 

E x

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