Pierced, Again… Plus a Giveaway From Body Jewelry Piercing!

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.

The Jewelry

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.

Body Jewelry Piercing: Earrings I Chose

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)!

Body Jewelry Piercing: Done!

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.

And Now, A Giveaway!

That’s right, a giveaway from Body Jewelry Piercing!  One lucky winner will get a $20 gift card to spend at www.bodyjewelrypiercing.com!  Entrants have to be 18 or older and must reside in the US, Australia, or Europe in order to win.  Just enter using the Rafflecopter below… and there are quite a few daily entries too, so be sure to come back and keep entering for the best chance to win!  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

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27 comments for “Pierced, Again… Plus a Giveaway From Body Jewelry Piercing!

  1. DARLA KIDDER
    March 26, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    If I won I would let my son get some ear gauges, he wears those , I only have pirces ears one hole each.

  2. Brittney House
    March 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    I would like the Jewelled Steel Belly Bar – Clear.

  3. Jessica H.
    March 27, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    I would get the Blackline Labret Stud with Spike!

  4. amanda whitley
    March 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    i would get a nose ring

  5. March 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I have one piercing each ear. I am now thinking whether I should have another one (I’m not sure whether I could take the pain and be patient to take care of it afterwards).
    Hannah

    • March 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      I totally understand! That’s what kept me from doing it so long… but the pain wasn’t too bad (for sure not compared to my triple forward helix LOL) and the aftercare on the second holes in my lobes is much easier than that piercing as well.

  6. RANDI COOK
    March 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I would give it to my daughter and let her pick out something.

  7. Melissa O.
    March 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    I would get the 16g circular barbell for my husband and some nose studs for me and the Silicone Skin Eyelet Purple UV

  8. Natalie Balderas
    March 28, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Nose ring ! 🙂

  9. claudia d
    March 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    if I won I would buy the circular barbells like those in the picture, i like this style!

  10. Leslie L. Stanziani
    March 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I am in love with the Silver & Steel Nipple Piercing Bar – Butterfly.

  11. Randi Rock
    March 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I’ve been wanting a new piercing and a lot of the items look appealing!

  12. Karrie Millheim
    March 30, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I would buy a nose ring

  13. Luna S
    March 30, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    I would get some small lip studs I miss my lip rings and would love to have them again.

  14. Kelly J
    March 31, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    I would get the Jewelled Tongue Piercing Bar – Pink Heart so after I have my son I can have my tongue repierced. I would also get a couple barbells and some of the thread on balls.

  15. Brandi Dawn
    March 31, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    There is so much to choose from! I would probably get a new pair of plugs and a titanium belly ring 😀

  16. sara giresi
    March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I would get my son the Square Speckle Wood Flesh Plug!

  17. kemberley crosswhite
    March 31, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    if i won i would buy a blackline barbell for my eyebrow 😉

  18. Miranda Ward
    March 31, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Flat Jewel Steel Nose Stud – Clear

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

  19. Kayci Stanley
    March 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I might get a couple of circular barbells for my husband’s septum piercing. Thanks for the chance to win, awesome giveaway!

  20. Claire
    March 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I’d get a dangle belly button ring.

  21. tiffany courtright
    March 31, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I would buy some labret studs a tongue ring and another stud for my monroe piercing.

  22. natalie yeoman
    March 31, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    i would get a new belly ring

  23. Suzie Williams
    March 31, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I would give the giftcard to my sister- she’s got a lot of different piercings. She would probably use it on ear plugs.

  24. ashley cossette
    March 31, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I’d buy some beginners ear gauges!

  25. emily ann
    March 31, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    i would get me some new belly rings.

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