15 Types Of Ear Piercings To Spice Up Your Look This Year

15 Types Of Ear Piercings To Spice Up Your Look This Year

If you're on the lookout for different styles and options of ear piercings, here's your complete guide

Looking for a brand new look in 2019? How about trying out some new ear piercings? Not only are they easy to maintain, common, and cheaper than any other type of piercing, but they are also a great way to dress up your face. 

And depending on how cleanly its done, ear piercings do not take more than 10 days to heal. 

If you're on the lookout for different styles and options of ear piercings, here's your complete guide. 

15 Types Of Ear Piercings And How To Wear Them

1. Standard Lobe Piercing

 
 
 
 
 
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These are probably the most common type of ear piercings and one that you may have have gotten as a child or even a teenager. Simple and elegant, it elevates the glam factor into your persona. It is also less painful, as the lobe is comparatively softer than other parts of the ear.  

2. Graduate Lobe Piercing

 
 
 
 
 
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This requires a combination of three or more earrings on the lobe with the same design, but different sizes. You can adorn your ears with pretty hoops or huggies, thick, black rings or dainty, white studs to be versatile.

3. Upper Lobe

 
 
 
 
 
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Most ideal for small, intricate piercings, the upper lobe piercing is one of the least painful one. Depending on ear size, you can try to fit up to three ear piercings between this spot and the lower lobe, or dress up those upper lobes with dainty studs.

4. Helix

 
 
 
 
 
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This ear piercing sits at the top of the ear cartilage, which has lots of space. Popular with the rockstar wannabes and metalheads, double and triple helix piercings are quite common. It is generally obtained with the help of a piercing gun and can be extremely painful.

5. Forward Helix

 
 
 
 
 
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This type of ear piercing sits on the inner and top half of the ear cartilage, and is adorned with a single stud or ring, or even a series of ear piercings. Similar to a graduate lobe piercing, the helix is pierced at three places on a regular interval, and the three graduated studs are then inserted into the puncture junctions. Definitely more painful than the lobe piercing, prepare to take much time to heal.

6. Ear Weaving Piercing

 
 
 
 
 
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One of the painful, yet most enigmatic piercing, the ear weaving piercing consists of a number of ear piercings that are connected to each other with the help of a single piece of jewellery. It usually is in the shape of a spiral, which adds an enchanting appeal to the overall style.

7. Conch

 
 
 
 
 
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This refers to the middle section of the ear, and consist of two types: inner and outer. The inner conch (pictured) has the stud punctured right through the middle, and the outer conch has a hoop starting in the middle, while hugging the outer edge of the ear.

8. Industrial

 
 
 
 
 
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This requires two holes in the outer cartilage. Depending on your preferred angle, the piercing is usually punctured diagonally opposite each other, while linked together with a barbell. Two perforations are also made on the upper cartilage, with a horizontal wire made to pass through and connect them. A piercing in the shape of an arrow is common and enhances a dramatic effect.

9. Orbital Piercing

 
 
 
 
 
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Similar to industrial piercing, orbital piercing connects the holes from front, and not horizontally, along with a beautiful circular ring.

10. Transverse Lobe Piercing

 
 
 
 
 
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Usually done with a barbell, this is an eye catching piercing done at a horizontal angle, while a piece of jewellery passed through both the perforations. Depending on the preferred angle, it will need to fit with the size of your earlobe and the choice of jewellery. Also, this piercing will take slightly more time to heal given its position.  

11. Daith

 
 
 
 
 
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A fairly easier piercing to manage, it sits through the most innermost part of the ear cartilage, and looks quite similar to the tragus (listed below). One will also realise it is not as painful as it looks.

12. Rook

 
 
 
 
 
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Sitting above the daith is a ridge, referred to commonly as a rook. Adorn with a white, sparkling stud, or a curved barbell, which is usually the jewellery of choice for this area.

Highly technical and requiring great precision, the piercing is done on two different cartilages, where the cartilage fold is on the upper inner ear. Unfortunately, it causes much pain, and gets stretched and inflamed often.   

13. Auricle Piercing

 
 
 
 
 
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This area causes much pain when getting it punctured, especially as the auricle is loaded with much nerves. Referring to the middle part of the outer rim of the ear, you can elevate your look with putting on silver rings around the area.

14. Tragus

 
 
 
 
 
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The tragus sits just above the ear canal, and varies greatly for each individual. But regardless of the size, it is usually enough for one piercing only, like a stud or a hoop. The area is highly prone to infections and irritation, but will make your ears look stunning when adorned with pretty gems.

15. Anti-tragus & Snug

 
 
 
 
 
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Located opposite the tragus, the anti-tragus is a rather uncommon piercing. Unlike the tragus, it is not that prone to stretching and irritation.  

Snug

 
 
 
 
 
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The piercing spot referred to as the 'snug' sits slightly above the anti-tragus. Referred to as the anti-helix, it is the adjacent, innermost ear counterpart of the helix piercing. Embellish the piercing with a plain, yet spunky stud for a stylish look.

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Written by

Melia Widjaja