Update: Triple Forward Helix

Back on November 20, 2011 I got a triple forward helix piercing on my left ear.  It’s been about 8 months now, and I haven’t posted an update, let alone talked about it much.  So, here’s a (rather lengthy) update on my piercing.

The First Few Weeks
For the first few weeks, my piercing was fairly tender.  I couldn’t sleep on it at all, had to be very gentle with it when cleaning, showering, drying my hair, and talking on the phone.  I was really careful with it, cleaned it twice a day, was conscious of not touching it, and otherwise took excellent care of it.  There were a couple times where I caught it on something (usually my hair while drying, but once, a knit hat) and saw stars… but other than that, following the instructions my piercer gave me was easy, and kept the pain down.  If you don’t recall what it looked like when I first got the piercing, you can see pics here.

The First Jewelry Swap
As I had mentioned in my first post about getting the piercing done, the jewelry that had been put in initially was extra long to allow for swelling.  The posts were likely even longer than they needed to be, to allow for extra swelling.  After catching my top earring on a knit hat about 2 weeks in, I decided that I’d change my jewelry out as soon as possible, which according to my instructions, I could have done by another piercer just 4-6 weeks after the piercing was done.  The weekend before Christmas I was visiting a friend in Peoria and went to a shop down there (I used to take a friend of mine there often in college, so I was familiar with it) and had them switch out my earrings.  Well, 2 of 3, since they weren’t comfortable with putting my shorter post in the bottom hole.  The woman who did the swap said that I was, indeed, not fully healed but that things looked pretty good.

Unfortunately, the jewelry I swapped in was still too long on my middle hole, and instead of sitting flush, it stuck out all funny.  The top one was perfect, and the bottom one was still too long, but easy to hide.  I decided to leave it until I was fully healed though, and then research some other earring options.

At this point, I largely kept my piercing hidden with my hair.

Slight Setback
Between Christmas and New Years, my top hole got infected.  I’m not sure what caused it, but thankfully, it was fairly minor, cleared up fast, and I didn’t have to remove any earrings.  I was able to get rid of it with an increase in anti-bacterial washes (I had been just doing it in the shower in the morning, but did it at night before bed as well), picking up daily soaks (which I had only been doing every other day), and a few gentle dabs of Neosporin each night (for about 4 days, if I recall correctly).

The Second Jewelry Swap
Towards the end of March, I decided things were healed enough where I could switch out my jewelry to something that would fit better and hopefully be permanent.  After doing a little bit of research on my own, talking to Heather (my far-away piercer), and talking to a coworker who has experience with piercings (on the receiving end), I decided to go with Bioflex/Bioplast jewelry, instead of trying to find metal earrings that would measure up.  For one, Bioflex/Bioplast jewelry is more flexible than metal, which meant it should be a little more comfortable.  You can also cut it, which meant that if the posts I ordered were too long (and I did err on the side of too long), they can just be cut down to fit better.  The posts are also clear, which will make the backs not stand out so much.

Most of the places in the area that I called didn’t carry Bioplast or Bioflex jewelry like I needed, so I ordered my jewelry from the Body Jewellery Shop, a UK-based store that ships worldwide and has price that I couldn’t beat anywhere else.  I placed my order for 6 different earrings (with 3 varying size posts to make sure I had the size I needed for all 3 holes) on April 11.  I got my jewelry late morning on the 16th!  I was really exited–I’d ordered 2 clear crystal studs and 4 different other studs: a black star, a small pink heart, a titanium-colored pyramid stud, and a rose gold butterfly.  I posted a picture on Facebook when I got them, but here they are in case you missed them when I posted them.

SSC's New Earrings

My intention was to be able to have the top earring be a gem and be able to change out the bottom two myself based on what I was wearing or feeling.  Not an everyday thing, but I just liked having the option.  Plus I thought it would be cute… I can’t lie.

Anyway, when my jewelry came I went into a tattoo/piercing shop not too far from work on my lunch break on April 17 to get my earrings swapped out (where the girl who did the work called my piercing an “Orion’s Belt”, which has a pretty nice ring to it).  Having had the top and middle ones swapped, I knew the middle one was going to be a little bit rough, but oh boy it was way worse than I expected!  Because of where the hole is, getting the earring in is a challenge to begin with, but on top of it the post wasn’t going into the earring.  It was, uh, rather unpleasant, with a lot of pushing, tugging, and hurting going on.  I had her put a different topper in instead of messing with the one I originally wanted, which I figured I’d trade out myself a few days later when it stops hurting.  I didn’t particularly like the way the 2 bottom toppers sat together (I didn’t like it much at the shop either, but didn’t want to endure another round of pain to swap it out again).  I figured I’d go with my original plan of having the top 2 earrings being simple gems and the bottom one being different.

But, I had to wait, because all the tugging and stuff put a lot of pressure on my ear, and it felt like a brand new piercing again.  I was told to take care of it like a new piercing for a few weeks as well, which I did to avoid any further issues.

Sidenote: I was a little annoyed by the shop because when I called to ask about swapping out jewelry, I was told it would be no charge but a tip would be appreciated.  After the piercer tore up my ear, she asked me for $10.  I had $8 cash, or otherwise had to charge it.  She took the cash (it was a $3 charge to charge it) and didn’t seem all that pleased.  But whatever… someone at your place told me it was no charge, so yea.

The Top Swap, Part 2
Once the pain and swelling went down from the swap to bioplast, I tried pulling out the toppers on my bottom 2 holes.  I couldn’t do it.  At all.  I ended up going to a different shop in South Elgin to get the tops switched out.  It was painless, took a few seconds, and cost me nothing.  I gave the guy who did it a nice tip and went on my way happily.  As I write this, I have 2 crystal studs in, one in the top and one in the middle hole, and a pyramid stud in the bottom hole.  Not completely thrilled with the way it looks just yet, but it’s better than how it was with the heart and the star in there.  I’m thinking of just getting another crystal for the bottom hole and nixing the spike and just going simple, but we’ll see.  I’m waiting for now.

I’ve had a little bit of irritation a couple other times since the infection back around New Year’s, despite regular anti-bacterial washes.  The most recent was only a few weeks ago, but I am pretty sure it’s because I was wake boarding in Fox Lake (which is disgusting, being a small, mud-bottom lake) and fell a few times.  However, despite the fact that my holes look stupidly uneven, I’ve decided that I’m going to wait another couple months before I do anything else.  Even swap out the tops of the jewelry.  I still feel like it’s a little swollen, and don’t want to cut the middle post for a perfect fit until it is a perfect fit.  In the meantime, I’m going to continue to leave it alone.  It’s not tender any more, though sometimes if I sleep on it it bothers me a little (partially, I think, because of the irritation from the swap to Bioflex).

Here’s a picture of it right now, in all it’s “I swear my holes are even” glory.  As you can see, the top post is actually a little long (that’s the back of it peeking out).  I can probably have that cut down later on, when I get the middle one cut down.  The bottom one is, as far as I’m concerned, fine the length it’s at.

And really, I swear they’re even.  The stupid middle post being long really throws everything off, as does the fact that the bottom hole is a little sunk in simply because of how my ear is built.  But I assure you, the holes are even, I checked them before they were made, and it’s all good.

The Hardest Part So Far
By far, the hardest part for me has been to not mess with the piercing and/or earrings.  There have been times where it’s itched like crazy and all I wanted to do was stick a finger in there, move the earrings around, and scratch.  Or times where I just wanted to take the earrings out because of frustration with how things were going or how they looked (mostly how they looked).  But I haven’t.  It’s also been a challenge to just generally be conscious of it, especially when it was new.  As it healed, it was easier to forget it was there.

If I Could Go Back & Do It Over
I’d seriously consider only getting one piercing instead of the 3.  I really like the placement of the bottom hole, and think that by itself, it’d look pretty dandy with just a simple crystal stud in there.  In fact, eventually, I’ll probably remove the top 2 and just keep that one.  It’s a little unexpected and different, and I like that.

But, if I decided to go with 3, I’d reconsider the placement.  I didn’t think about the little fold in my ear and how it would affect jewelry, and I regret that.  The fact that jewelry hits that fold and pushes out because of it makes everything look misaligned, and that drives me crazy.

Heck, I might even reconsider the piercing placement altogether.  Since I’ve gotten this piercing, I’ve seen others I like more, that I think might be more suited to the shape of my ear.  Not something I was really conscious of initially, I guess.

I think I’d also ask if I could be pierced with Bioflex right off the bat, instead of metal first, regardless of where I ended up getting stabbed or how many times.  It’s far more comfortable, and looks better because it’s clear.  It sort of conceals the long posts a little easier, I think.

So That’s It
My thoughts on my piercing.  Feel free to ask me questions if you have any.

77 comments for “Update: Triple Forward Helix

  1. July 11, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    This is going to sound weird, but every time I move I end up getting a new piercing. I’ve got double piercings in both ears and two cartilage piercings. Now with this new move I’m debating what would be the next move. Not sure what I want to do. These look like a lot of fun!! – Katy

  2. July 11, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Not weird at all. Kinda neat, actually!

    I was just talking the other day about how I think I want to get a set of second holes in my earlobes, actually. But I’m not sure if I will… I gotta mark it out on myself first and see what I think. My holes in my lobes were placed really high for some reason (I got them when I was 5), and I feel like that might affect how other holes look.

  3. July 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Ummm, looks cool but even your description makes a baby like me know that I’d NEVER do it!

  4. July 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Haha yea… I didn’t think I could do it. I seriously thought I was going to freak and pansy out after I sat in the chair, after she’d marked my ear. But then I remembered what a good deal she gave me, and how far I’d driven… and that I could eventually take the piercings out if I changed my mind, and went for it!

  5. Jessica
    December 15, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I got 1 forward helix piercing a few weeks ago, and your blog was one of the ones I came across while doing research.
    I originally wanted to get all 3 done, but instead I opted for the lowest one. In a few months I might go and get poked again for a second hole and then be done with the project.
    I love the way it looks! So cute!
    Thanks for the info!

  6. December 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Aww yay! Thanks for coming back, and glad I could help. I need to do another follow up. I had the middle earring cut and changed the bottom from a spike to a stone and it looks even better. I’m finally super happy with it!

  7. Kristine
    December 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Im looking at getting my triple forward helix done in the new year. My piercer is awesome and said he will pierce it with what every jewelry I bring him. (he has the short bars with a silver ball on either end if I don’t bring him anything)
    I bought 3 bars with the bioflex backs, and little gems on the end.
    You said the bio flex was more comfortable, did you find that the backs ever slipped off or anything? do you think it would heal just as well with the bioflex backs instead of the metal?
    When I got my rook done I didn’t change it till after 14 months. I figure I will do the same with this one, perhaps even longer, so i know its all healed well..
    Thanks for posting this, very helpful for research!

  8. Kristine
    December 22, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    ever* not every. oops

  9. December 22, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Bioflex has def been more comfortable. I got the press in kind and not only have I never had a problem but I can’t even change the fronts out myself.

    Glad to help!

  10. Kristine
    December 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Awesome thanks for the reply, I’m very exceed 🙂

  11. Destiny
    December 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I’m 15 and I also saw this piercing on pintrest and I was thinking about getting it as well. I don’t mind pain or anything like that, I was just worried if it’d bleed alot and get infected very easily? I read tour blog and you said it only hot infected once but is it absolutely necessary to clean it a hundred times a day? Or just the average day and night?

  12. December 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Phew, sorry for the delay Destiny! I was on vacation and didn’t want to write a short reply to you on my phone.

    First, yes, you have to clean it a hundred times a day (actually, it’s 3, and it’s not that bad). I did that religiously for 2 months or so, even soaking at work, and then dropped down to twice a day, and that’s when I got infected. Had I kept up with the 3 times a day cleaning, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the infection (which also meant more cleaning, discomfort, and setting back healing). So yea, I not only recommend following the cleaning instructions to a T, but sticking with it until you are healed. Even now, over a year after piercing and being healed, I still clean once a day in the shower, with Dial Antibacterial soap. It takes maybe 2 more minutes, but it’s totally worth it.

    As far as bleeding a lot goes, that will probably depend on you. I bled a little bit, though I have no other piercings that I can compare it to. My piercer didn’t say is was remarkable either way (very little or a lot of blood), so I dunno. It definitely wasn’t pretty the day I got it done, because of the dried blood, and it was red and swollen for a few days after.

    That said, at 15, I’m not sure you can even get pierced at a place other than Claire’s, where they use a gun on lobes and that’s it. In many states, it’s illegal to pierce anyone under the age of 18 without parental consent, and some piercers, like the one I went to (as well as the one I went to for swapping out my earrings) won’t pierce people under 18 at all. I do know that getting this kind of piercing done with a gun (or any kind of cartilage piercing with a gun) is bad news and I wouldn’t recommend it at all. So research the laws in your state to see if you’re even old enough to get pierced, and if you need your parents’ permission. If you do need parental permission, make sure you get it… I wouldn’t trust a piercer who doesn’t verify your relationship and/or age. If they’re now diligent about that, who knows how diligent they are about things like cleanliness, you know?

  13. keely mundy
    January 12, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    hey, I desperately want to get my triple forward helix done ! but I have a few questions ,
    – how bad is the pain? (I’m not a sook I just want to know)
    – did you get all three pierced at once?
    – around how much is the price?
    – what’s the best cleaning method?
    thanks 🙂

  14. January 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    For me the pain wasn’t too bad. I got all 3 done at once and the third hurt the worst, and I was told that’s always the case with multiple piercings. Price you’ll have to check with a local shop on. And I found the easiest way to clean it was to lather up antibacterial soap good and then put the lather on my ear. I also did cotton balls soaked in saline and found the best for that was over a sink LOL.

  15. January 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Oh and your pain may vary from mine… Just ’cause everyone’s different.

  16. Regi
    March 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I just got my triple helix piercing a week ago and I love it! just ordered some micro posts to try when it heals enough to swap. I don’t have a local piercing shop, so i’ll be relying on my friends to help out when the time come! My middle hole bled the most and still is the most tender, but they are all healing very well so far!

  17. March 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    My middle hole has been the hardest as well! Definitely something I wish I would have thought a little bit more about initially, but… hindsight and all that. Speedy healing to you, Regi!!

  18. Shanisse
    March 30, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    hey, uhm so I originally just had one done (planned to get three but chickened out because of how much the first one hurt). I had it for about a month then got it changed, and wow it hurt more than the piercing.
    I got my other two done just the other day to make it a triple, and I really like it. It annoys me when I get hair caught in it or have it just get pulled by clothing, or when I wash my hair… I can’t sleep on them but they are bearable. I clean them twice a day and yeah all that.

    My first one never stopped hurting, and I was wondering if yours ever did and how long it took? It drives me insane.

    any tips would be appreciated, even cleaning tips too !

  19. March 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    It took almost a year for it to stop hurting when I laid on it. Even now sometimes if I catch it wrong it’ll pinch and hurt. I still clean it three times a week by making a handful of anti-bacterial suds and putting them on my ear. Now that it’s not tender I move my earrings around and get the suds in there good. I do it and let it soak on while I wash my body in the shower, and rinse when I’m done. It’s a pretty easy routine 🙂

    Other than that, while it was tender I tried to avoid doing anything that would hurt it. I slept on the other side, was careful brushing my hair, and even warned my hair stylist about it. Helped a fair amount.

  20. Joisan
    March 31, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Hey, so I’m about to get my triple done, and I’m just wondering exactly what site you used to order the bioflex? And which piece of jewlery did you order because I’ve just seen like “labret” or “belly button” and that sort of thing, and I’m obviously not going to find one that says “use this for triple helix” so I’m just wondering which one to order!
    Thanks for your super detailed and insiteful post!!

  21. March 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Hey 🙂 I ordered labret studs from http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/ though they do have helix jewelry as well.

  22. Joisan
    March 31, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Thank you! Which size of the helix ones would you recommend?

  23. March 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I think that depends in what gauge you get pierced with. For the life of me I can’t recall if I have 14 or 16 gauge.

  24. Michelle
    April 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Where did you find the earrings you have for the triple helix piercing? I have that pierced and was going to change the earrings, but I am having a hard time find good ones.

  25. April 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I got them at http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/ and ordered labret studs with the flat backs. I got bioflex ones, and am SO happy I did.

  26. Michelle
    April 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    ok thanks! I did hear the bioflex ones are the best

  27. April 18, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Yea… I wish I had gone with them initially instead of screwing with metal for a couple months. Much more comfortable for sure.

  28. Michelle
    April 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    ohh yea I still have the metal hoops in that they put in when I first got it done. How do you change them though I feel like its difficult lol

  29. April 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I went to a piercer and had them do it… I could only manage to do the top one myself, and it was really hard. Worth a few bucks’ tip for sure!

  30. Michelle
    April 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    yea thats what I figured would be easier to do, thanks so much!

  31. April 18, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    My pleasure! 🙂

  32. Alexis
    April 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    So I got my helix pierced once about a year ago, and went back and got the other top two done about 6 months ago. The have just now healed so that they are not ‘crusty’ anymore. And they also pierced mine with the extra long metal bars. They are so annoying. Sometimes they stay tucked in and behind the ‘flap’ part of my ear. But most of the time they stick out. I’m dying to go and get them changed. Hopefully I can go ASAP! Your blog helped me relate so much, and gave me the idea for the Bioflex. Thanks 🙂

  33. April 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    My pleasure! Yea, I have the same problem with my top and my bottom posts… sometimes (most times) they tuck back fine, but occasionally they poke out all funny. It’s really the top one that tends to poke. I’ve been tempted to go in and get the top post cut, but it’s not super bothersome so I haven’t yet. Maybe if I go get more holes poked, I’ll have them do it then. I’ve been tempted lately to get second holes in both of my lobes…

  34. Haileigh
    May 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Hi so I got a double forward helix on my right ear about two and a half weeks ago. I really love them and don’t plan on getting the triple though. But when you say you ‘lather’ antibacterial soap and then put in on the piercing would you just put the soap on a q-tip or something to get it on the back side? And then thouroughly rinse it? Because I use sea salt soaks twice a day as well as using a q-tip with benzal. chloride stuff (from Claire’s) on it to wipe the back and tops of the piercings. Since I have rings in I will wipe down them and turn the rings so the stuff gets in them to clean the inside and what not. I just worry about them though especially when the pus looking gunk and crusty stuff comes out. Should I be worried?

  35. May 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    I’d talk to your piercer. My instructions said not to turn the earrings or anything (though I have posts, not hoops–maybe that’s different?). She also told me not to used Q-Tips because the cotton can get into your piercings and irritate them. Some crusty stuff is normal, but if you’re concerned or think maybe you should be, you should head on in and have your piercer look at it and go over your aftercare routine, make sure you’re doing everything right.

    When I lather the soap up, I do it in the palm of my hand with a very little bit of water so I get good and sudsy, and then I cup my hand against my ear. Now that I’m healed, I use my fingers to work the lather into all the nooks and crannies in my ear around my piercings. I let it sit for a few minutes. I do it in the shower, and usually let it soak while I condition my hair and wash my body, and I always make sure to rinse really well after I rinse my hair and whatnot.

  36. Kristen
    June 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I want to get this done so bad but my biggest concern is if I’ll be able to do all my fun summer/fall water activities with them in! I’m a huge boater/sailor/jetskiier so I can’t really avoid being in lake water from June-early November. I would just get the piercing done after November, but I’m not allowed to have piercings in for softball in the spring so it’d have to be completely 100% healed by then so I can put them in and take them out myself. So basically I have to get it done in June so that it’s healed by softball season. So do you have any idea how long I’d have to wait to go in the water if I got it done in June???

  37. Kristen
    June 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    If these are too much work, I think I’ll just get my helix double pierced and have wear one of those spiral earrings… I just love ear piercings but the healing process sucks!

  38. June 3, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    I don’t unfortunately. I got mine done in November, so I didn’t have to worry about that really (I spend a fair amount of time at the beach/pool in the summer as well). With all of your activities, this may not be the piercing for you. It’s not that easy to get earrings in and out of, and if you have a setback with healing, it would suck to screw up softball or have to just take them out entirely, y’know?

  39. June 3, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    At this point, they’re pretty much maintenance free for me. I clean them still, but past that, I don’t do much. I have been asked if I was going to do a spiral earring in mine, so if you like the 3 holes and want to go with a spiral, you could see if there’s a spiral that would work for it too 🙂

    Yea, healing is a pain. I hadn’t realized how long it would take to heal! Prior to these, my last ear piercing was my lobes and I was 5 or 6, haha. I want second holes in my lobes now, but the healing… I’ve been putting it off!

  40. K-Train
    June 14, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Hi i’m looking at getting this done really soon but want to know if you can/have ever taken them out and if they leave obvious holes when they’re out?

  41. June 14, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I’ve not taken them out so I have no idea. Sorry!

  42. Michelle
    June 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I have them and would not recommend taking them out because it’s really difficult to get back in if you even can. I had to go to the piercer where I got them to change them. I had to take the top one out actually so now I just have the two, which I still like, but when I took the top one out the hole closed up pretty quickly so if there’s some reason you need to take them out I would just recommend not getting them, specially since they take a while to heal anyways.

  43. June 15, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Yea the best way I’ve found to change them is just to have it done. So much easier!

  44. Courtenay
    June 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Hi! So I’ve been wanting to do this piercing for a while now in memory of an exchange I did to France (I was thinking of having the 3 colours of the French flag, one gem blue, one white, and one red).

    Questions: I know you mentioned something about jewelry problems but I didn’t understand fully… Are the piercings really noticeable with the rest of your jewelry? Should I think about just getting white gems instead? (It’s less noticeable and easier to match rather than blue, white and red).

    Second, if you had followed cleaning directions 100% properly and thus avoided the infection and also if you hadn’t changed the gems at all, how long do you think it would have taken to heal completely?

    Third: Are you still able to swim with the piercing in the healing stage? (IOW: should I wait until summer is over?)

  45. June 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I don’t worry much about matching my jewelry in general… I’ve been mixing metals and such with reckless abandon lately. In fact, today I’m wearing rose gold earrings in my lobe holes, with my 2 clear gems and 1 labradorite stud in my helix (all wrapped in white gold). But if you’re really keen on matching things, then going with gems that are all the same color might be better suited to you. The issue I had with the jewelry was the posts themselves–metal was (in short) uncomfortable for me and too long for my ears, which resulted in the posts sticking out funny and the whole thing looking rather jacked up. I’d recommend getting pierced with bioflex if you can.

    I have no idea how long it should have taken to heal completely, to be honest. I’d like to think “oh, 8 weeks tops”, but I really don’t know.

    I largely avoided it, and it was likely a wise choice. Pretty sure my post-piercing instructions said to avoid it for a certain amount of time, but I waited until the summer to get into a pool or lake. And even then, I got a minor infection (but I was in a disgusting mud-bottom lake, so yea–prior to that I was in a less gross sand-bottom lake and a pool, both without issues). So yea, I’d wait until after summer if you’re a big swimmer.

    Best of luck to you if you decide to go with it!

  46. Ciara
    July 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    What length bar did you end up with when it was all said and done with? I have this piercing and I LOVE it but the same problem with the bar length making my middle one look a little off center.

  47. July 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    I have no idea haha. I had a bio flex one cut as short as it would allow the press fit earring to push in. I’d have to dig around for the order info to see what I started with.

  48. Rebecca
    August 18, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Hey there… I was just wondering how you went washing your hair after you got it pierced.. Should I be careful with the soap getting it infected?

  49. August 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I washed my hair a little more gingerly on the side I got pierced, and made sure I rinsed my ear after getting all the shampoo out. After I did the same with conditioner, I cleaned my ear with antibacterial soap and then rinsed good. I think as long as you rinse good, you’ll be ok.

  50. Michelle
    August 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I was just careful not to hit mine, but I would just wash my hair then clean my ear like normal with the dial or whatever you have to clean it with.

  51. August 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Exactly! It’s that being careful part that you remember very quickly the first time you forget 😉

  52. may
    August 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Hi i got my double forward helix piercing pierced in April’13 and when i got pierced i got studs and i use SSS to clean it but that didn’t work all they or maybe it was the way i cleaned but 2 weeks after i got it pierced it got infected i went to my piercer and he told to use Bactine i used it for 3 days and it didn’t get better i went back and he changed my earring from studs to hoops. I took better care i use saline wound wash spray, the 2nd time and 2 months later a bump came on both earring. is the bumps from the past infection? how do i get rid of it?


  53. August 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I have no idea. You should go back to your piercer and talk to him about it… he should be able to help you out.

  54. Michelle
    August 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I had the bump too on my top two, they did just go away after like a week of cleaning them. I did happen a couple other times too, but eventually I just cleaned them with rubbing alcohol and they stopped.

  55. Michelle
    October 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    So I had the riple forward helix. The top one fell out in my sleep and closed up really fast, the middle one I don’t think ever healed so I had to take it out 🙁 so I only have the bottom one left. I really want the earring for it that has the multiple studs to look like I still have the multiple piercings, however I’ve only seen the with the ball for the backing, but I that will be too difficult. I was wondering if anyone has seen something like that but with the bioplast flat backing?

  56. October 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I haven’t, but check http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/ and see. You could also maybe (I’d email them and ask) order a bioplast back for a bar-bell topper, as long as the gauge and threads (or press-fit) match up.

  57. Michelle
    October 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I didn’t think of emailing them but thanks!

  58. Rachel
    January 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    I bought a gold “double swirl” from BVLA to use with a Neometal threadless labret post. It cost about $110 though, and the placement might be too low for your bottom hole (I bought it for a middle). If you have 3.5mm of room available under your piercing, it should work. Anatometal also makes triple clusters.

  59. Heather
    May 30, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    This blog has helped a ton! I know this was now 2 years ago about now but did you end up getting the second and third hole? At this point, I think I’m going to only get to get the single bottom hole. I would really love to hear what you ended up doing.

  60. May 31, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    I’ve had all three holes since I got them. Everything is mostly fine but sometimes I sleep funny and they get tender.

  61. June S.
    October 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    (Update: Triple Forward Helix) Oh, wow I do not know if I would be able to do this and handle the pain too. I do know other people who have done this though.

  62. Donna
    January 3, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I just recently had my forward helix pierced like yours. (48 hours ago). The first day wasn’t so bad now it hurts like a beast. No signs of infection just horrible swelling with slight redness. I am getting g ready to order the bioflex as we speak. My piercer didn’t have that option available when I had it done. I love my ear blings but remember after she did the first one ( the top) that it hurt bad and being relieved she was done u til I remembered we had 2 more to do…..yikes. She did tell me she could switch the jewelry for me when it gets here if the metal is super uncomfortable still but for me that seems way too early. Anyway. Thanks for your post and when I do my next piercing I’m going to make sure they have the bioflex or bring my own…. 😉

  63. January 3, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Glad it was helpful! Hope you heal quickly! 🙂

  64. orlagh
    February 8, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    hi! I’m thinking of getting this done (but just two) and I was wondering if you knew if when I get it pierced, does the piercer have to use a long/medium bar? because I’d rather just get it done with a short one with a gem in it and never take it out or have to go back unless absolutely necessary

  65. February 8, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Yea, they have to use longer posts because of swelling. Even if they use posts that aren’t extra long, the swelling will go down and you’ll have to change the backs anyway. You could do small hoops though maybe.

  66. Hanna Harwood
    March 13, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    I just got mine done today but they did not have any jewelry besides little metal balls. I was hoping for a stud look similar to your swapped jewelry. What size is the top one? and it just screws onto the top of the earring right? Thanks!

  67. March 14, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Mine are press in ones, and they are 14 gauge, but your piercer may have used a different size on you.

  68. Christine
    July 29, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    I have had my triple forward helix piercing for two years now and I came across your blog. I have had my rhinestone fall out three times, and I recently ordered metal piercings from hottopic, but they are so long and still stick out like my other ones. They make the second and third one crooked and super close together, while the top one sticks out like a sore thumb. I have been looking at the shop where you bought your jewelry and was just wondering how cutting it would affect the stone…like if you cut it too low won’t it fall out?

    This is the one I was looking at…because I think 1/4 may still be too long? I am not sure the size of my previous jewelry…and I changed all of mine out by myself and next time I am going to a piercer! I dropped my stone twice and almost couldn’t find them and then I almost wasn’t able to get the post into my ear…so annoying! But let me know about cutting them down, because I would hate to waste even more money on three pieces that are once again too long >.<

  69. July 30, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Yea I know the feeling. A couple of mine are still too long, but you just have to be careful with cutting the bioplast ones. You can kind of tell, if you look really closely, where the hole ends in the piece. Another option (which I’ve thought of) would be to get a tube like this: http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/bioflex-multi-use-body-piercing-tube-2-4mm.cfm and then get a clear ball like this for the end: http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/clear_bioflex_pushfit_ball_113771088.cfm and whatever front you want from here: http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/push-fit-accessories-1236.cfm

    I haven’t messed with mine in awhile, largely because I like what I have, but that’s definitely something you could try. With a tube like that, I imagine the hole goes all the way through so you could really cut it to the proper length, and with a longer one you could probably get a few pieces out of it. I might try it at some point, but it hasn’t been something I’ve been thinking about lately.

    There’s some cool stuff here too: http://www.bodycandy.com/cgi-bin/category/bioplastmonroe I am pretty sure that’s where my labradorite one is from.

  70. Becks
    August 5, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Hi! I had a single forward helix done 7 weeks ago. HATE the ring that was put in “for healing reasons and comfort” and cannot wait to change it. What would you recommend the earliest I could change it is? And am I better off visiting my local piercer to get this done or risk trying it myself?!

  71. August 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Yea, I’d maybe give your piercer a call and see what they say in terms of when the best time to change out the earring is. Ideally, you want to wait until it’s healed. I was told no earlier than 6 weeks. Maybe call your piercer, explain what jewelery you want swapped in, and see what they say. I’d just go in and get it done if I were you, but I have a terrible time seeing what I’m doing with mine and it’s easier to just have someone else do it.

  72. Rachel
    August 6, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    My piercing shop always says to wait 4 months to change it. Though, 4 months was really too soon for my tragus; when I went to have a shorter bar put in, it hurt quite a bit. So I waited 5 months to have someone change my forward helix, and that turned out better. I definitely recommend having your piercer change it. It’s in a tricky spot and you might cause some damage. Or the earring could fall out if not closed properly.

  73. Rachel
    August 6, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Neometal makes bars in 3/16 inch (a little smaller than 1/4 inch). I have a 16 gauge forward helix, so I could only order the 3/16 one with the ball on the back. But if you have an 18 gauge piercing, you can get the flatback bar at 3/16 inch. The bar goes with all the “threadless” ends in their catalog. You can find it by googling “Neometal catalog.” Your piercer can order the pieces for you (and put them in since it is a little tricky with these ones). My bar cost about $15 and the ends vary. I think a 2mm jewel cost me about $20, but I can’t remember. But it’s all high quality titanium.

    If you have a 14 gauge piercing, the smallest length for threadless Neometal is 1/4 inch.

  74. rochelle haynes
    August 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    I do not have a lot of piercing just the norm

  75. Hailey
    April 1, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Hi so I got another forward helix piercing yesterday ( I got one on my right ear back In 2014 but after like a year or so the labret fell out and I was too lazy to go buy another that it slightly closed up) and I’m kinda concerned because I know it’s hard to pierce that part of your ear and I didn’t have 100% confidence in my piercer but I was wondering what the best cleaning methods were for you? And what kind of jewelry would be the best since my ears are tiny I don’t really want the post sticking out so much. When I got my first one done I liked it so much and didn’t stick out at all so I’m just worried after its done swelling how it will look.

  76. April 4, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Sorry about the delay in response… I was away from my computer all weekend.

    Anyway, I used gauze pads and saline to soak my triple forward helix. Gauze doesn’t leave fibers behind like cotton does, and it was what my piercer recommended. I also recently saw that you can buy one of those booger-puller-baster looking things, fill it with saline, and use that to clean hard to reach piercings. It’s a great idea and something I wish I’d have thought about. I’d maybe do a quick rinse of the inside of it with rubbing alcohol, even though I’d buy it new, just to be safe.

    A think a lot of piercers are using labret jewelry for forward helix piercings. That’s what mine used. The posts are left long initially to account for swelling, which you definitely want at first. Once you’re healed up you can change. I recently custom cut my own bioflex posts and used push fit retainers and pretty findings to make earrings the length I want. I lost one of the two (I have a hoop in my bottom now) and didn’t have a replacement at the time, so I just have two now. But I’m ok with it. There’s a pic here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BDharypkBjo/?taken-by=sparkingstyle

    Anyway, good luck! It definitely helps to find a piercer you like and can call or go see with questions and jewelry changes.

  77. Katie
    May 2, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    Instead of a forward helix x3, I got a regular helix x3. Sounds like it’s much easier to care for and more comfortable. I live how it looks too.

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