If you like to wear pretty jewelry, you may want your ears pierced at some point. You may even want multiple piercings since that's a common way to wear several small studs or earrings at once. However, you may want to start with something simple, such as an earlobe piercing. Here's how ear piercing is done.

Choose A Piercing Studio Or Shop To Do The Work

You can get your ears pierced at a body piercing studio or a jewelry shop. Some jewelry stores will pierce your ears for free when you buy earrings. This type of ear piercing might be done with a piercing gun that places the studs in your earlobes. However, there are different ways to get your ears pierced.

A studio that's dedicated to piercing may use a different technique and offer more variety when it comes to where you can get your ears and body pierced. You may want to call ahead and ask how the shop or studio does ear piercing. You may also want assurance the procedure uses a sterile technique and disposable equipment.

Choose Hypoallergenic Studs To Start

Metal allergies are common. You don't want to find out you have an allergy to nickel once you have studs in your earlobes and you have a reaction. You can avoid this problem if you choose hypoallergenic earrings to put in your ears.

You can ask for help finding hypoallergenic studs from a jeweler. Also, read the tag to make sure the earrings are marked hypoallergenic. The same studs need to be in for several months, so it's important to choose earrings that won't cause problems that require you to remove the studs early or the holes might close up.

Allow Several Months For Healing

You'll be given instructions on how to care for your ears once they've been pierced. They'll need to be cleaned a few times a day without removing the studs. You may be told to keep your hands away from your ears except when you clean your earlobes. You'll heal slowly over the coming weeks and months. The length of time it takes to heal depends on the location of the piercing. Earlobe piercings tend to heal quicker than cartilage piercings in the upper ears.

The ear piercing shop or studio may schedule a follow-up appointment so they can check the progress of your healing and let you know when it's safe to remove the original posts and start wearing a variety of earrings. However, you may be encouraged to wear earrings all the time so your holes don't shrink because you leave earrings out too long.