So after years and years of wanting second holes in my earlobes, I finally bit the bullet and went for it. Slightly backwards, I suppose, getting my lobes double-pierced nearly two and a half years after getting my triple forward helix, but that’s how I roll. I had help making the decision thanks to Body Jewelry Piercing, who offered me some jewelry to review.
Now, I’ll admit, when Body Jewelry Piercing first contacted me, I was excited to get some new push-in pieces for my triple forward helix. It’s been over a year since I changed it out, and I thought maybe I’d try something new. But they didn’t really have anything that caught my eye, so I figured, “well, now’s the perfecttime for those second holes in my lobes.” I opted to get two pairs of earrings, one for the initial piercing and one to change into when I was healed.
For the initial piercing, I went with a titanium circular barbell in 14 gauge with an 8mm diameter. I did contact my piercer before ordering though, to make sure that it was an acceptable gauge and diameter for where I wanted my hole. I also made sure that it was ok that I brought my own jewelry in, as some piercers do require you to use their stuff. It’s perhaps a slightly smaller diameter than I should have gone with–a 10mm diameter may be something I investigate when I’m all healed–but it’s like a “huggie” earring (remember those?) now, so on the plus side, it’s not getting caught on much as it’s healing. That’s likely keeping the healing process really easy for me.
For my “I’ll change into these”, I went with a gold-plated circular barbell with cones on the ends, in the same gauge and diameter. There’s also a solid 18ct gold version with balls on the ends, which I contemplated getting, but I’ll see how I do with the gold-plated before spending the money. Plus, I liked the spikes on the ends of the ones I got (big surprise, Rachel likes spikes).
The Piercer & The Process
So, I went in a few weeks ago and got two more holes put in my head. I went to Augie’s Tattoos in Elgin, IL, which I’d had wonderful experiences getting my triple forward helix changed out before, and was one of the local places that allows you to bring your own piercing jewelry in. As it had been in the past, it was a wonderful experience–fast, easy, affordable, and fun–and I’d go back in a heartbeat! Here’s how it all went down…
First, Augie took my new earrings and cleaned and sterilized them. Then, he marked up my ears to make sure I was happy with the hole placement. When I approved the placement of both holes, he clamped my ear and used a brand new, hollow, straight needle to make the hole. This technique, versus the gun commonly used in mall ear piercing places, makes a clean hole in the ear instead of ripping through tissue, which means healing will go more smoothly. It’s also way more sanitary than a gun, and gives the piercer more control. Here’s a gallery of all the steps… keeping it smaller for those of you who might be squeamish.
After the hole was made, Augie smoothly removed the needle as he slid my earring into the hole. Quick, painless, and, actually, quite a pleasure because Augie kept my friend and I laughing, which really helped me ignore the slight pain of getting a hole punched out of my ear. He did the other side just as quickly and painlessly as the first, and I was done before I knew it (and still smiling)!
Now, I’d be lying if I said my husband and I weren’t worried about the post-piercing pain. My triple forward helix was very painful, and I couldn’t sleep on my left side, get bumped on that side, and I even had a hard time with styling my hair (which, if you recall, was much shorter at the time). My second lobe piercings, however, have proved to be nearly painless. The first couple days there was some tenderness and swelling, but after that, it was like they weren’t even there! I had no problems sleeping on either side, even on the first night, and have been pleasantly surprised by the difference between a cartilage piercing and a lobe piercing.
So far, my jewelry looks great, and I can’t wait to swap in the gold curved barbells when I’m healed! I was a little nervous about going with the titanium, since switching to bioflex helped my triple forward helix heal faster, but I think my lobes are doing great! There are no issues with the jewelry at all, the balls haven’t fallen off and there’s no discoloration or anything (not that I would expect there to be). It’s like there’s nothing even there, to be honest!
Keeping it Clean
So I’ve been meaning to do a “how to” type post on how I’ve kept my triple forward helix clean since getting it, but it’s proved to be a hard post to write and take photos of. I’ve been taking care of my new holes more or less the same way I did my other piercing–saline soaks and gentle washes with anti-bacterial soap–though it’s proved to be a little easier to do saline soaks on my lobe. I’ve actually been using a little Ed Debevic’s mini-sundae cup (which is similar to a shot glass or an egg cup)… if you follow me on Instagram, you saw it. Anything similar would help with a piercing like this, though I bought gauze pads as well just in case.
The gentle wash I do in the shower, and I start by getting a really good lather of Dial anti-bacterial soap (the gold one) in my cupped palm. Then, I take the cup of my hand and gently put it on my ear, careful not to move my earring. It’s the second-to-last thing I do in the shower, so that the last thing I do is rinse my ear off and then I’m done. This way, I don’t have to worry about getting anything else, like face wash or conditioner, in my ear. It’s proven to be really effective and I do it every time I shower, even on my triple forward helix piercing.
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I was compensated with four earrings from www.bodyjewelryshop.com in exchange for my post. My opinions are my own and were in no way affected by compensation. To read my full disclosure policy, go here.