The Ashley lip piercing is one of the most popular piercing styles of the 2020s. Simply because of its location, the Ashley gives off sensual vibes. Rest assured, anyone who rocks an Ashley is going to be the center of attention.
The Ashley is pierced through the center of the bottom lip. A curved labret stud is the most popular jewelry style for the Ashley, and because they have a ball on one end and a flat post on the other, it gives an illusion that the “ball” is floating in the center of your lip.
Because the Ashley is front-and-center, choosing the right jewelry is important. Not only can jewelry accentuate your unique style, but it can also ensure your piercing lasts for years to come.
In this blog, we’ll discuss how you can make a statement with your Ashley jewelry, what jewelry options best suit an Ashley piercing, and other considerations that could impact your piercing.
Making a Statement With Your Ashley piercing
When you get an Ashley lip ring, it won’t be difficult to decide what jewelry suits you best. After the healing period—which is 12 to 16 weeks or longer—you have a world of jewelry options awaiting you. When starting your jewelry search, take these two style tips into consideration:
1. Use Your Ashley to Enhance Your Overall Style
If you often wear the same colors, or if your wardrobe has colors in common, choose jewelry that will enhance the style you’ve cultivated. For example, if you wear a lot of teal, a turquoise labret stud is a great choice.
2. Use Your Ashley to Complement Your Personality or Hobbies
Curved labret studs are versatile in that the “ends” come in a myriad of styles. For instance, if you’re into astrology or space in general, you could choose a curved labret with a crescent moon.
Curved Labret Styles for the Ashley Piercing
Even though the Ashley piercing is limited to a curved labret—specifically threadless curved titanium labrets—there are no shortage of jewelry options for Ashley lip piercings. Here are a few of our faves:
Even for those with a minimalistic aesthetic, a plain curved labret can pack a punch. With so many colors to choose from—especially if you choose titanium because it can be anodized—you have seemingly endless options to fit your aesthetic.
Threadless CZ Gem Accents
For a dantier curved labret, gemstone options are the way to go. From cubic zirconium stones to other gemstones like stones & opalites, you’re destined to find an Ashley jewelry option that works for you. This option is especially great for those who want a pop of color.
Unique Jewelry Designs “ends”
When it comes to a curved labret, you aren’t limited to just a “ball” at the end, which is the typical style. Labret studs come in all sorts of funky configurations which allow you to emphasize your personal style to a tee. From animals, to shapes, to colors, the world is your oyster.
Materials for Ashley Lip Piercings
Because the Ashley is in close proximity to your mouth, you want to find high quality jewelry. One way to ensure the quality is to pay attention to the material it’s made from.
Typically, you’ll want to look for titanium, surgical steel, or gold—in that order. Here’s why:
ASTM f136 Titanium
Titanium is biocompatible, meaning it won’t harm living tissue around it. That’s important for piercings! It’s also lightweight and comfortable and doesn’t contain any alloys that may irritate those with sensitive skin.
316LVM Stainless Steel
Surgical steel (or stainless steel) is also biocompatible, but it often contains other metals, like nickel, which can cause irritation if you’re particularly sensitive.
Gold is another metal option that’s biocompatible. The problem with gold, however, is that the purer it is, the less durable it becomes. So, to make it durable enough for body jewelry purposes, manufacturers will add metals like nickel and copper for strength, which can be irritating to those with metal allergies.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Ashley Piercing Jewelry
When getting an Ashley piercing, it’s always best to consult with a local, professional piercer. They will have the best knowledge of your anatomy, which means they can give you the best information on what jewelry style would best fit you.
Additionally, they’ll have pertinent aftercare information about how to keep your fresh Ashley piercing clean while also taking oral hygiene into consideration. When in doubt, always hit up your local piercing studio.
Explore All Options for Your Ashley
After your healing process is complete, there’s nothing stopping you from experimenting with several different jewelry options for your Ashley piercing. And whatever you land on, Urban Body Jewelry has a wide selection of body jewelry for all piercings from head to toe.