How a Snug Anti-Helix Piercing Leaves You Room for Creativity

If you have a snug piercing, you’re lucky. Not everyone has suitable anatomy for this piercing. However, if you do have the proper anatomy, you can get highly creative with the jewelry you wear in the piercing.

Once your snug piercing has fully healed and depending on your specific anatomy, you could choose a threadless or internally threaded curved barbell, or even rings to wear in it.

Keep reading to learn just how creative you can get with your jewelry.

What Is a Snug Piercing?

In The Piercing Bible, Elayne Angel defines the snug piercing as “a horizontal piercing that frames a vertical protrusion of cartilage called the anti-helix.” This cartilage protrusion, or ridge, is the same one a rook piercing goes through, just farther from the face and across from the tragus.

Snug Piercing Location

As mentioned above, not everyone has cartilage that protrudes out enough to be pierced here. Therefore, this piercing is definitely unique and makes you stand out from the crowd.

Snug Piercing Jewelry

If you’re wearing a curved barbell in your snug (or anti-helix) piercing, it’s important to remember that most of what people will be able to see are the ends. Really, it’s the variety of ends you can choose from that makes the piercing so versatile. You can get creative by pairing the jewelry with other piercings or even changing your jewelry to match your outfit daily.

Curved Barbells

Because the snug is such a bold piercing on its own, you can make quite a statement by wearing a simple curved barbell. At Urban Body Jewelry, we have a wide selection of stainless steel, titanium, rose gold, black PVD, and even some fun colored barbells like anodized blurple or pink.

But if you want to really get creative, let’s focus on your options for ends.

Mix & Match

Ends One of the best things about curved barbells is that you can change the ends in nearly limitless ways.

Mixing and matching ends is a trend that we’ve seen rising in popularity.

If you’re wearing a monochromatic look, why not try wearing a white Howlite stone prong threaded end on the outer part of your ear and a simple steel or titanium end on the inner part of your ear?

Another creative way to mix and match your ends is to go with a simple colored end on the inner part of your ear and a shaped end on the outer part. For example, you can pair an amethyst stone titanium end on the inner part of your ear with a cat face threaded end for a cute cat-themed look.

Go All Out

These days over-accessorizing is in. Have you seen the beautiful Instagram photos of curated ear projects with blinged out jewelry? You, too, can achieve the look. All you need to do is just buy some flashy ends to help make your ear into a piece of art.

14kt Gold Rook Piercing Jewelry

On the inner part of your ear, indulge in the luxurious 18KT white gold ornate flower threadless top. For the outer part of your ear, really amplify the accessorizing. Consider adding a 14KT crescent moon CZ dangle star top or even a 14KT gold empress clear CZ dangle chain threadless top. The addition of the chains will really draw attention to your ear.

A Note on Wearing Rings in Your Snug Piercing

Whenever you decide to wear a ring in a piercing, it’s best to follow this general rule of thumb: a third of the jewelry should be in the piercing and the other two thirds should be exposed. This is an important rule when it comes to the snug piercing simply because the surface area for jewelry is quite limited.

So basically, if you’ve got the opportunity, definitely take advantage of it.

Trending Rings to Wear in Your Snug Piercing

Because an anti-helix piercing is already such a unique piercing, wearing a ring in it makes it even more eye-catching.

Gold has been popular for a while and there’s no signs of it going out of style anytime soon. One example of a type of gold ring you could wear in your snug is a simple gold captive bead ring.

However, if you want to get even more luxurious with the look, you can opt for something a bit flashier. For example, our angled titanium hinged segment ring works really well for snug piercings. Because it’s a hinged segment ring, it is relatively simple to put in and take out. Additionally, the hinged segment portion is approximately 1/3 of the jewelry, so it fits with the rule of thumb.

Another trend we’ve been noticing is chains. Between nostril chains and rings dripping with chains, they’re slowly taking over body jewelry. Our 14KT gold dangle chain hinged segment ring would look great in a snug piercing.

The Main Point

An anti-helix, or snug, piercing offers a ton of variety when it comes to the types of jewelry you can wear in it. Additionally, with an almost limitless supply of ends, there’s really no stopping just how creative you can get with your jewelry.

Be sure to browse through our collection and let us know your favorite combinations of barbells, hoops, and ends.

Written by Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel is a poet and Content Account Manager. She has been getting pierced for over 16 years, while taking the time to learn proper aftercare techniques from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) members. Always enamored by the jewelry options that exist for body modifications, she one day hopes to assist clientele with picking out jewelry and styling ears.