8 Unforgivable Sins of Forward Helix Piercings
Mar03

8 Unforgivable Sins of Forward Helix Piercings

Forward helix piercings can be awesome, if done right. They’re adventurous and unusual, but not so eye-catching that you’re going to have to stress about removing them for social situations where piercings are frowned on. They can also be a subtle accessory to your main piercings if you’re just looking to accentuate your other metal, or if you want to be a little more audacious then there are a ton of incredible pieces you can pick up to make yourself look like a total badass. What you have to keep in mind with a Forward Helix Piercing But the key thing about this piercing is that it has to be done well. Forward helix piercings are notorious for being painful and prone to infection afterwards. Going through cartilage is much more of a challenge than piercing loose skin, so if it’s done badly it can cause you a lot of grief. A lot of people end up ditching these piercings before too long, which is a shame because they can look awesome. So here are a few commandments to follow when getting your forward helix pierced. 1. Thou shalt not bargain-hunt for a piercer Do not do this yourself, unless you’re super confident that you know what you’re doing. And do not shop around to find who’ll charge the least. There is a certain very famous piercing shop (which we won’t name here) that will do quick and dirty earlobe piercings for a few bucks. They will also do cartilage piercings such as the forward helix using their normal piercing gun. This particular store has been sued multiple times for causing infection, scarring and permanent damage to the cartilage. It’s because they’re using a gun when they should be using a needle for precision, and because their staff don’t really know what’s what. Find a professional piercer, someone you trust and who can talk you through your plans. You won’t regret it. 2. Thou shalt not copy a design that you’ve seen elsewhere There’s a saying amongst piercers that “every ear is a snowflake”. It’s certainly true that what looks great on one person may not look so hot on you. You have to consider your own features, the shape of your ear, and your plans for future piercings. This is another advantage of talking to a professional piercer: you can sit down and make a plan for your piercings so that you know you’re going to look awesome. The forward helix can be painful sometimes even if it is done professionally, and who wants to go through that pain if they don’t look totally amazing at the end?...

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A Guide to Spider Bite Piercing
Feb10

A Guide to Spider Bite Piercing

Spider bite piercing, like snake bite piercing, is a type of body piercing that not many can pull off easily. However, the fact that you landed on this article looking for tips and advice on it shows that you have what it takes to flaunt such body art. This is one of those unique piercings that does not conform to traditionally done body piercings commonly seen these days. More commonly known as a double lip piercing due to the fact that it involves two piercings, this piercing is drawn up in the design that a spider bite will cause on the skin. This is either done on the lower or the upper lip with lower lip piercing being more common than the upper lip piercing. Also, instead of placing rings in the piercings, people prefer using studs for convenience and enhanced look of a spider bite. The jewelry used in piercing the lip is termed as “labret” primarily because of the fact that it is being attached to the lip or the “labrum.” There have been instances where people have used two rings or studs on both sides of their lips. Most people prefer same side of the lip as this is considered to appear an authentic spider bite. How to care for a spider bite piercing: A lot of you who are new to the world of body piercings would find such a process painful. The fact remains that any body piercing hurts, as it is a wound in your body. However, with proper care of the wound, you can minimize the pain and deal with it effectively. One way to minimize pain and reduce its longevity is to get the second piercing done after some time passes. If both of them are done at the same time, the healing process may take longer than usual. It is recommended to allow one piercing to heal before you go for the second one. This will also depend on the healing power of an individual to a very large extent. People with good healing capacity need to wait for lesser time compared to others who may have to make the gap a little longer. Here are some tips that you need to follow to effectively avoid any post piercing complications: 1. Do not smoke or drink alcohol. Since your site of piercing is the lip itself, alcohol or smoke contact will inflame the wound and make matters worse, possibly causing pain. 2. Eat frozen foods like ice and yogurt. Consuming frozen foods such as ice creams or frozen yogurt will speed up the healing process. 3. Do not touch the...

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What You Need to Know About Collar Bone Piercing
Feb04

What You Need to Know About Collar Bone Piercing

Getting a collar bone piercing is certainly not for everyone and it is still a relatively rare procedure in the piercing world. However, the daring forms of self expression in these modern times have also leveled up and surface piercings have become synonymous to being hip, punk and cool for teens and adults alike. It has become a common fashion trend to see men and women sporting an edgy outfit and wearing their numerous piercings and proudly showing it off to show their individuality. While it is indeed another channel for expressing one’s creativity, it is more beneficial if you consider thinking about your options and giving it time to learn about the consequences and risks to avoid having regrets in the end. If the purpose is to show your unique sense of style and flair, you need to make yourself aware of how you must prepare yourself for a collar bone piercing procedure. Below is an informative guide about surface piercings, how the actual piercing is done and the aftercare instructions on how to keep it clean and free from infection! How Safe Is a Collar Bone Piercing Procedure? Before any surface piercing is done in any part of your body, especially in the collar bone area, it is imperative that you seek a consultation and interview a certified body piercing professional with an established name in the industry. The procedure is actually expensive because only the knowledgeable and experienced are allowed to perform it. Do not entrust your safety and health with an amateur because it is a skill that is not learned overnight and offered cheap. Do not trust anyone who will offer their service at a lower price than that of a trusted professional because there is also a great chance that your health and safety is at risk. Ask thoroughly how many clients he/she has had and about the techniques they use to guarantee your safety before the piercing session begin. The critical part of the procedure is how they will insert the jewelry (a small barbell shaped titanium #23 grade surgical steel) into the chosen location and to keep it secure, placed at the right angle and stay on the skin without any fear of having any complications from its delicate entry and exit points. This is the major difference why only an experienced professional is permitted to do it. Things To Consider Before Having A Piercing Ask for the latest piercing shop business license issued by the local government authorities. Look for the latest and valid business health inspection report. Autoclave spore test results and certificates. It is required by every locality....

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Stud Earrings: Read This Before You Buy
Jan27

Stud Earrings: Read This Before You Buy

Diamond stud earrings are one of the most popular gifts anyone can give for a special occasion. Stud earrings always look great and are best suited when worn while attending a dinner or wedding party. Buying jewelry can sometimes be a daunting task, especially if you do not know the characteristics you need to look for in the type of earring you want to buy. Regardless, diamond studs are a versatile choice. They look simple yet very elegant and can easily be paired with several different ensembles. These days, shopping for this type of jewelry is made even easier. The internet provides the greatest opportunity, as you can easily shop for them online, thus saving a lot of money for the same quality earrings sold in your local jewelry outlets or shops. Although various sites on the web may be dealing with diamond studs and other jewelries, it is important to know that not all jewelries and merchants are equal. This is one of the reasons why you need to know some useful tips before shopping for them. Factors to Consider Before Buying Stud Earrings 1. The size There are various factors that determine the size of diamond earring you choose; for instance, your own individual style. Small diamond earring can easily be paired and look amazing with daytime outfits and on the other hand, the larger ones commonly look more appropriate with evening outfits and dressier apparel. Diamond size is determined by the carat weight and the carat is basically the gemstone’s weight measurement. It is also important to know that the overall carat weight for a single pair of diamond earrings includes all diamonds in that jewelry. 2. Shape and style (various types available) Since diamonds are cut into different shapes, it is important to know your most preferred cut or that best suited to you. You should always consider the style and/or shape of the studs you want to buy, regardless of the size of diamonds. For instance, the round diamond is the most common cut for diamond studs that contains 58 facets. It also reflects the sparkle of all cuts. Apart from round diamonds, Asscher, princess, and emerald are also other types of diamond cuts that you may find interesting. The princess type looks excellent on women with broader faces while the round type complements women with narrow faces. It is ideally good if you choose the type based on the tone of your skin, with platinum or gold enhancing the appearance of people with a cool skin tone. 3. The quality Diamonds are generally graded using a formula of four Cs: Carat, cut, color...

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Belly Bars
Jan18

What Everybody Ought to Know About Belly Bars

As navel piercings get more common, you find a variety of stylish colorful belly bars available at both online and offline stores. They look trendy and fashionable, and can make a woman feel great about flaunting her flat tummy. And because they come in such a massive range of styles, colors, and materials, everyone can find that perfect piece of jewelry that best expresses their personality. But wait, stylish as they may be, belly piercings are not 100% risk free. While you may have taken care to choose a good piercing shop to get the piercing done (probably even a trained doctor to pierce your belly), the risk for infection is still high. That’s why it becomes even more important to choose the right design in belly bars. They shouldn’t just be stylish; they also need to be comfortable enough to be worn 24/7, and be just the right size, or the waistband of your jeans can constantly rub against the bar and irritate the skin to cause a serious infection. Accentuate your Flat Tummy with Belly Bars Some call belly bars the ‘Ultimate Jewelry’ to accentuate your navel piercing; they certainly are far more popular that navel rings. But how exactly does one go about choosing the right design and material? And what are the risks involved if you don’t make this decision all too carefully? Let’s find out! A belly bar is shaped like a barbell; the stud or stone will sit comfortably in the belly button, and other end will come out through another piercing done either above or below the belly button. These come in a range of shapes and materials, and choosing the right one for you will depend a lot on your taste, needs and style statement. Materials used to make belly bars: A lot of materials are used to make stylish belly bars. Metals, acrylics and plastics are all common. However, the important thing to keep in mind is how your skin reacts to a particular material. Some women are allergic to metals, while others find acrylic belly bars irritate their skin. Keep in mind your body’s ‘Biocompatibility’ when you choose belly jewelry. How to do that? Think carefully if your ear piercings and nose piercing is allergic to some material. Maybe you found that your piercings get infected if you wear anything apart from silver or gold for too long? That means your body isn’t biocompatible with any other material for prolonged wear. While it is easy to change your earrings often so that you can even wear trendy designs in materials that aren’t exactly biocompatible with your body for just...

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