Labret bars are commonly used for cartilage piercings on the ear and pigs tail studs for the nose, however it is possible to get pierced with a ring in your cartilage or nose straight away! Other popular areas to have pierced with rings are the nipple, conch, lip, eyebrow and navel/belly.
You may have heard that you shouldn’t pierce with rings, we’re here to bust some of these common myths, after all we have been piercing for 25 years!
- Rings or hoops pull down on the piercing and tear the skin – Essential Beauty hinged rings are hollow and are lighter compared to labret bars and BCRs/CBRs.
Keep in mind that rings or bars can cause irritation if the jewellery puts pressure on the skin during sleep. The choice of jewellery should always depend on the shape of your ear and the placement of the piercing. Our piercers will help you curate both the positioning and the best jewellery style for your individual needs.
- Rings or hoops have a larger external surface area where bacteria can land on and infect your piercing – This can be a problem if you are touching or rotating your jewellery.
It is a common misconception that you are required to rotate your jewellery during the healing process, however this can slow down healing, similar to picking off a scab, allowing bacteria to enter.
Rings are easier to clean as the backing on a stud can trap dead skin and dirt, care must be taken to spray in between the backing and the skin to clear any build up. Rings have no obstruction and easily cleaned with minimal need to touch the piercing or jewellery. Which is what is needed for good healing.
- Piercings heal better on a straight bar rather than a ring – piercing needles create space for the jewellery to sit in whether it be a ring or a stud.
Your skin will heal naturally around any shaped jewellery. When your piercing is fully healed you will easily be able to swap between a labret bar or a ring. Rings can allow more room for swelling after being pierced. If you are pierced with a stud or labret bar and are experiencing swelling to the point that the jewellery is sinking into the skin, it can be beneficial to swap your jewellery to a ring.
If you are concerned about your jewellery catching on clothing, hair or towels, your best option is a hinged ring as they are more secure and have nothing for fabrics and hair to catch on to. Hinged rings work well for nipple piercings as they sit flat on the skin, however, a curved barbell can sit flatter in belly piercing or eyebrow piercing. If you are unsure about what piercings are right for you, call your local salon to book a piercing consultation and discuss curating your ear with the right positioning and jewellery to suit you.