Popular Piercing Healing Times

5/22/2017 12:41 PM

Piercings That Take The Longest to Heal

The more assessable to blood flow any area of the body means the less time it will take to heal. This means, unfortunately, that some of the piercings we love like industrial piercings and the bridge will take longer to heal! But that won’t stop us, will it? If healing times are a deal breaker, or if you just want to know what to expect, keep reading to find out the top five piercing healing times that take the longest!

Industrial Piercings & Other Cartilage Piercings

The healing time for the industrial piercings is from 6 months up to a year.

But why is this calculation vary so much? There’s a big difference between three months and twelve! But where ever I looked, no one could simplify the healing time of cartilage piercings into a more specific number. 

This is because the cartilage is so vast. There are so many places to pierce in the cartilage and the cartilage can be completely different from person to person – thicker or thinner, etc. That’s why experts say that a tragus piercing may take up to eight months to heal, while a helix piercing may take up to ten. 

In the end, if you do choose to get this sort of piercing, be aware that it will mean a lot of aftercare!

Navel Piercings

The healing time for the navel piercing is from nine months up to a year.

Now we love navel piercings, but those who do have them do spend a lot of time complaining about the healing process. It’s no wonder. Just imagine healing a tongue piercing for an entire year! While sure, it isn’t quite the same idea, it’s still a long haul of a process.

Nipple Piercings

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Brief History of the Septum Piercing

These days you might find a septum piercing on one out of every five people, especially on trendy girls in cute styles of septum clicker, but that’s a far way away from where they began in society. The earliest piercing has been found (and still exists!) in a mummified person done 5, 300 years ago. When you think about that, doesn’t it make you question how much you really know about the history of the piercings on your own body? Well, here’s a more in-depth look into septum piercing - where it began and why!

Septum piercings are the second most common type of piercing in “primitive” societies in Jaya, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. But it has also historically been practiced by Aboriginal Australians and North Native American tribes. It is actually more common than nostril piercings! Why is this? Most think it’s because septum’s have the added bonus of being able to be stretched in order to fit large jewelry through. And by jewelry, I mean bones.

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Beautiful Plug Styles

Wooden plugs aren’t just beautiful; they’re also surprisingly easy to look after! So, don’t be scared off from opting for a look that’s a little bit different and pick yourself up a pair of organic wooden plugs. Here are just some of our favorites that we recommend you pick up ASAP. What are you waiting for?

When shopping wooden plugs – even if you want to stay entirely organic and natural – you still have a huge range of color. Wood can easily be stained or, depending on the source, can come in lots of natural shades. These almost black carved ebony plugs for example! Or on the other side of the color scale, these almost white tamarind wood tunnels.

Tamarind Wooden Plugs Gauges

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Different Kinds of Tongue Piercings

Do you remember when we told you all about the different kinds of ear piercings (sixteen!)? Well, the ears aren’t the only spot holding a couple secrets!

You might be surprised that when it comes to tongue piercings there is more to it than just sticking a bar through the middle of your tongue. Keep reading to find out all about venom piercings, tongue web piercings and more!

The Regular Old Tongue Piercing

This name generally refers to the statement style of tongue piercing in the centre of the tongue and pierced straight through the bottom. It’s a tried and true style that will never get old!

Horizontal Tongue Piercing

This type of tongue piercing, also known as “Snake Eyes”, is similar to a regular tongue piercing but rather than a single piercing in the centre of the tongue there are two that are horizontally placed.

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Popular Industrial Cartilage Jewelry

The industrial piercing is a favorite amongst body modification enthusiasts – us included! How could it not? Its two piercings in one that are combined by a thick metal bar! How awesome is that? If you love industrial piercings as much as we do, maybe you’ll love our list of the five on-trend industrial barbell styles happening right now.

Not So Straight Styles of Industrial Barbells

Who said anything about straight barbells? What we want is something jagged and edgy! If you feel the same you’ll love these bent barbell styles that look out of this world. Go wavy with this colorful triple wave industrial barbell or completely jagged with this jagged stainless steel industrial barbell.

Boho Cartilage Jewelry

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Things You Should Not Do Before Getting a Piercing

You might think that it won’t hurt to go out drinking the night before a morning piercing appointment or that skipping breakfast the morning of isn’t that big of a deal. But when it comes to getting pierced these are just some of the major things NOT TO DO before getting pierced. They will put you and maybe even your piercer in danger. Some of it is legally required and others are just common sense. You don’t have to make these mistakes!

Not Doing Research!

It’s important to look into your piercer’s practice before getting a body piercing from them to make sure they’re using gloves and sterilized equipment. Don’t forget to look into the piercing itself to find out exactly what you are to expect and the aftercare you will need. Even something as simple as the price needs to be researched!

Getting Drunk or Drinking at All

It’s actually illegal to pierce or tattoo anyone that appears to be under the influence. Even if your piercer just ends up smelling a beer on you! Alcohol thins out the blood and may make you bleed more when being pierced.  This actually works for caffeine and energy drinks as well. Lots of drinks will thin your blood!

The above are reason enough before even mentioning that alcohol may impair your judgment! No one wants to wake up with a spur of the moment piercing that they didn’t actually want.

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Body Piercings Easy to Hide

Do you want an awesome piercing that will really add to your look, but don’t want to spend half your day wearing clear retainers to hide them? Don’t worry! Here are our suggestions for awesome piercings that you will want to show off, but can easily hide your piercings if you need to for work or school. 

Back of the Neck Dermal Piercings

Dermal piercings are great because they can be done on almost any place on the body. As long as there is skin, you can pierce it! The back of the neck is a great place to get a couple dermal piercings because you can easily hide it with clothing or longer hair and easily show it off!

Just be careful, because this is an extremely sensitive place to be pierced and dermal piercings often reject. But other than that, we’re in love with this look!

Frenulum Piercings

Frenulum piercings – including smiley piercings and frowny piercings - are still on the cusp of popularity in the piercing community. They are piercings that are attached to the webbing between the lips and the gums. But don’t let that description stop you from realising how cute and versatile they really can be!

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Organic Plugs & Gauges

Organic jewelry that is jewelry made out of horn, bone, wood, stone, antler and etc – are great options for plug wearers that have reached their desired size. There are so many options out there of sun flower wooden plugs and horn septum rings, but how do you take care of these kinds of organic jewelry? You can’t autoclave it or just wash it under water!

Here’s how to take care of your organic jewelry, without depreciating the quality.

The First Step

The first step to cleaning any kind of piercing jewelry is to make sure your own hands and the site itself are properly cleaned using antibacterial fragrance free soap. Otherwise you’ll be adding bacteria to the organic plugs anyway!

Wooden Plug Care

Wooden plugs are prone to drying out. So after using a gentle cloth with water to remove any debris and dust, make sure to massage the wood with jojoba oil to make sure it doesn’t crack or dry out. Drying out and cracking is a death sentence for wooden jewelry. Then with the olive oil applied shine the wood using a soft dry cloth.

Over time wood will darken and especially when applying oil often.

Do not soak wood as it will swell.

Organic Wood Plugs / Gauges

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5 Gorgeous Nipple Piercing Jewelry Trends 2017

Nipple piercings are on-trend for 2017. We’re seeing them being pierced and worn by so many celebrities – especially in the popular one sided style, where only one nipple is pierced! Whether you’ll be rocking your own nipple piercing in celebrity style underneath mesh t-shirts and chiffon dresses or you like to keep this perfect piercing to yourself, we think you should be rocking some gorgeous jewelry to go along with it.

Here are five styles that will truly accent your nipple piercing while staying on-trend in 2017!

Go classic with this double blue opalite nipple ring barbell! We’re obsessed with opalite as a trend for 2017. But really, it’s a classic look that will work as a beautiful accent to your skin every day of any year. The gems aren’t really opals, but the color & design is an interesting one that will have your skin glowing along side it.

Blue Opalite Nipple Ring

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Surface Piercings

Surface piercing are similar to microdermal piercing as they both lay underneath a layer of skin, rather than piercing entirely through a part of the body. This means they can be done almost anywhere on the body. The surface piercing however often shows itself as two (or sometimes three) piercings atop the skin, while a metal bar sits below the surface connecting them and holding them in place.

Popular Placement for Surface Piercings

Hip piercings, eyebrow piercings, nape (back of the neck) piercings, bridge (between the eyes) piercings are all types of popular surface piercings that use a bar to connect two points above the skin.

But basically any piercing that goes underneath the skin to join two points rather than through the body itself (such as a cheek or nose piercing) can be considered a surface piercing whether that means it’s on your wrist or leg! Just keep in mind that many parts of the body are more conductive to a surface piercing, while others like the fingers and hands are more prone to rejection.

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Septum Jewelry 2017

Septum clickers, even fake ones, are still going strong for 2017! We love them, do you? Check out these ten epic septum jewelry styles we’re in love with for this year. Don’t be fooled, they’re all stainless steel and safe for healed piercings!

While you’re at it check out our post all about septum piercings, how they heal and how they’re pierced.

Check out this black tribal stainless steel septum clicker, for a look that’s dark, vampy and will bring a touch of darkness to your jewelry!

Black Septum Clicker

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How to Clean Your Body Jewelry

3/30/2017 12:08 PM

How to Sterilize Body Jewelry

You may think that a piece of body jewelry you just bought online or from a piercing jewelry shop is ready to wear, but actually it’s important to take the time to clean it first! There are several ways you can clean your body jewelry with a piercing shop’s help or at home. Because you don’t want to introduce anything nasty into your piercing that might cause infection!

For New Body Jewelry or Jewelry Already in Your Collection

This process is for cleaning non-organic materials only. Non organic materials include everything from titanium, acrylic, glass, stainless steel, etc. Basically the harder materials that can stand up to a good cleaning! This is a good option for jewelry bought online or at a piercing store because often times these will still have leftovers of production dust and bacterial from handling and packaging on them.

You Will Need

You’ll need anti-bacterial soap (make sure it’s fragrance free), a sink with running water, a sink plug or face washer, and paper towel.

The Process

First, wash your hands with the soap very thoroughly to get rid of anything that might be hanging on there. You might be surprised with how much bacteria we pick up with our hands on any given day with everything that we touch whether at home or while out of the house!

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