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Body Piercing: 5 Do's and Don'ts

When Otzi, the oldest mummy was discovered in 1991 with holes in his ears, part of that amazing discovery was the realization that the trad...

When Otzi, the oldest mummy was discovered in 1991 with holes in his ears, part of that amazing discovery was the realization that the tradition of decorating our ears can date back as far as 5000 years ago.

“Piercings in many cultures is a rite of passage, but for others it is a form of self-expression,” says Kristin Weixelbaumer.  

“Ear piercings are probably the most common piercing had, and almost every woman at a young age is taken by her mom to the local jewellery store to have her piercings done.” 

She goes on to explain that this experience can be quite daunting especially since a piercing gun was usually the tool of choice, which does more damage than a needle.

Once the decision is made there are dos and don’ts that need to be considered, and although it might seem like such a simple act – three -year olds get it done – it is good to know what you are in for before, during and after:

Ask questions
You are about to have someone create a hole in your ear with needle, you must ask as many questions as you like. Whatever you want to know, your professional piercer will be able to answer them, and when you have all the information you need, you will feel more relaxed and confident about your decision.
Ear Piercing 

Make sure you have your ears pierced by a professional
Getting your friend to bring along their long needle and some surgical spirits to spear your earlobe does not count. A professional offers a hygienic studio and hygienic equipment, is competent in placing the piercing and can give sound advice on how to look after your ear during the next few weeks.

Choosing the right metal for your earring is a must because not all earrings are suitable for just-pierced-ears. Hypoallergenic nickel-free metals are the best metal options when it comes to choosing your earring and to reduce the risk of infection and allergic reactions. Silver should only be an option once your piercing has healed.

Don’t ignore the aftercare regime
Your piercer will be able to give you the correct information on how to look after your ear once it is pierced, and it is important not to abandon their advice. Just because is it looking good a week after the piercing, does not mean that infection won’t set in later. Keep vigilant when looking after your newly pierced ear.

Choose an earring style that you really like, because for up to eight weeks you will be wearing it. It will take time for your piercing to heal, and if you take your earring out before it has healed, your hole can close-up sending you back to your piercer to start all over again.

“Earrings can be quite a deceptive piece of jewellery, it can also make or break a look,” says Wiexelbaumer. Deciding on something hooped, studded, long or cuffed and even a combination of styles can extend your time getting ready but it will be well worth it when you remember that these pieces of jewellery are not only dressing up your ears, but also framing your face.”

Black Betty Jewellery recently opened the doors of its first brick and mortar store in Sea Point, Cape Town and has a dedicated professional piercer, Shelden Paige, on hand to handle all piercing related questions and activities. 

“When it comes to ear piercings, we only use the highest grade titanium earrings which are intended for piercings. Plus, for once you won’t have to be stuck with the usual stud or sleeper, but will be spoiled for choice when it comes to design and style,” says Paige. - Online Sources 

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