EAR PIERCINGS ULTIMATE GUIDE

If you want to curate the ultimate ear party but are unsure which ear piercings to add to the guest list, you've come to the right place! Whether you're planning your first ear piercing or already have multiple piercings, this guide will help you plan the ideal curated ear.

We are obsessed with styling the perfect ear stack and want to help you choose the right piercings for you. In this guide to ear piercings, we'll tell you about different types of piercings, give styling tips, and share the healing process for each. An infected ear piercing is the worst. When you trust the advice of the specialists at Assolari, your new ear cartilage piercings will look and feel great.

There are several different ways to get your ears pierced: a needle for standard earrings or a dermal punch for gauged earrings. Talk with your professional piercer to decide which method is right for you.

Remember, there's no such thing as too many piercings. We know that once you start, you won't want to stop! The only question is: which piercing will you get first?

helix piercing

This is the most popular type of cartilage piercing— stylish and classy with a little edge. The piercing is versatile and looks fantastic with cartilage hoops, huggie hoops, studs, or flat back earrings with a bit of bling. 

Why stop at one when you can get two cartilage piercings for a one-of-a-kind look? 

>> Location: Upper cartilage 

>> Pain Level: 5/10 

>> Healing Time: 6 months 

Check out the complete helix piercing guide for more in-depth information about this piercing. In it, we dive deep into other types of helix piercings, aftercare, earrings, and styling. 

daith piercing

Rumored to ease the pain of migraines and treat anxiety— while looking super stylish— the daith piercing is a favorite of celebrities and fashionistas. The tricky location requires professional piercers and a few extra seconds during the piercing process to get the placement just right.

The end result is worth it, though. Style your daith with show-stopping cartilage hoops and turn up the volume of your ear party!  

>> Location: The small fold of cartilage above the ear canal, where the outer ridge of your helix ends at your inner ear 

>> Pain Level: 6/10

>> Healing Time: 6 - 12 months 

Are you ready to get the it-girl ear piercing? Check out our complete guide to daith piercings to find out more information about styling your daith piercing, how to care for it, and who should get this type of piercing. 

tragus piercing

You'll love the tragus piercing if you're craving a stylish new piercing but have a low pain threshold. The thick cartilage of the tragus doesn't have too many nerve endings, so aside from hearing a slight "pop" when it's pierced, the pain is minimal. It looks incredible with a huggie hoop, stud, or flat back. 

Low pain and high fashion? The tragus has it all. It's classy. It's minimal. It's versatile.

>> Location: The tiny flap covering your ear canal

>> Pain Level: 5/10

>> Healing Time: 3 - 12 months

To learn about all the tragus piercing types, like vertical, surface, multi, and anti tragus, check out the complete guide to tragus piercings. You'll get all of our top style tips, earring suggestions, aftercare tips, and discover how to care for an infected ear piercing. 

tragus piercing
conch piercing

If you're looking for an incredibly versatile and stylish piercing, consider getting your inner or outer conch pierced. Wear a stud or choose a cuff that wraps around the edge of your ear for a wholly unique look. 

This piercing is a little more painful than most, but you know what they say: no pain, no gain! If you can handle the discomfort and healing time of a conch piercing, you'll gain all the style points! 

>> Location: The middle part of your ear cartilage that resembles a conch shell

>> Pain Level: 7/10

>> Healing Time: 6 - 9 months if pierced with a needle, one year or longer if pierced with a dermal punch 

To learn about different types of conch piercings, like the double, orbital, inner conch, and outer conch piercing, check out the complete guide to conch piercings. In it, you'll find style suggestions, aftercare, and all of your most frequently asked questions. 

forward helix piercing

You've learned about the popular helix piercing. Now, meet her even cooler sister— the forward helix. This little piece of cartilage packs a big punch when you style it with a cartilage hoop or stud. 

>> Location: The little nook of cartilage where your outer ear meets your face

>> Pain Level: 6/10

>> Healing Time: 6 months

To learn more about how to style your forward helix, check out the complete guide on helix piercings. We'll share our top tips on styling, aftercare, and complementary spots for multiple piercings. 

rook piercing
rook piercing

The rook piercing is the star of the ear party. Style it with a cartilage hoop or a curved barbell to create a curated ear that friends and strangers can't help but compliment. 

Prepare yourself because you'll feel a sharp pain when the rook is pierced. Choose a single rook piercing, or— if you're feeling extra brave— choose two piercings for a double rook. 

>> Location: The uppermost ridge of your inner ear

>> Pain Level: 8/10

>> Healing Time: 6 - 12 months

For more information, check out the complete guide to rook piercings. In it, you'll learn which other cartilage piercings pair best with a rook, how to style your piercing, and get aftercare advice. 

flat piercing

The ear is your canvas, and flat cartilage piercings allow you to be an artist! The flat area below your ear's upper rim is large enough for two holes or more, and multiple studs look great in these outer ear piercings. Choose understated gold studs or colorful, sparkly earrings to make a bold statement. 

>> Location: The flat area below the ear's upper rim

>> Pain Level: 5/10 

>> Healing Time: 6 months 

To learn more about flat piercings, check out our complete guide to flat piercings. In it, you'll learn all about the aftercare, styling, and complementary piercing types. 

lobe piercing

A standard lobe piercing is usually the first ear piercing a person will choose. It's simple, understated, versatile, and great for people with a low pain threshold. Ready to add to your piercings but not prepared to try a cartilage piercing? Add multiple lobe piercings for a stylish look without the pain! 

It's easy to match your lobe piercings to your look by switching it up with large hoops, dangly earrings, huggie hoops, or studs. The healing time is short, so you'll be ready to change out your lobe piercing in no time! 

>> Location: Soft, fleshy part at the bottom of your ear

>> Pain Level: 3/10

>> Healing Time: 6 - 8 weeks

Learn how to style your lobes with our complete guide to piercings. We'll tell you which cartilage piercings look best when you decide to add to your ear stack. 

snug piercing

A snug piercing, also known as the anti-helix, is a horizontal piercing through the inner ridge of your cartilage. Because it's one of the most painful piercing types, it's one of the rarest ear piercings. And we all know that the uniqueness factor ramps up the beauty factor! 

We love styling snug cartilage piercings with a curved barbell or a cartilage hoop. Pain is fleeting, but this gorgeous piercing is forever! 

>> Location: Between the mid-helix and inner conch, just above the anti tragus

>> Pain Level: 9/10

>> Healing Time: 6 - 9 months

Want to learn more about snug piercings? Check out our complete guide to learn everything you need to know about healing time, aftercare, and styling.

industrial piercing

Getting more popular by the minute, industrial piercing is for the bold.

>> Location: Upper cartilage with helix piercing

>> Pain level: 7/10

>> Healing time: 8 months

septum piercing

Once you've perfected the curated ear, it's time to move on to other types of piercings. The septum is a favorite of celebrities and fashionistas, managing to strike a balance between cutting-edge and laid-back.

Show off a simple or sparkly nose ring, or use a spacer to go incognito with your piercing. 

>> Location: The cartilage in the nose that separates the nostrils

>> Pain Level: 6/10 (pain is high for a short time, but it heals quickly)

>> Healing Time: 3 - 4 months

Learn more about septum piercings with our complete guide. In it, you'll learn how to style this piercing, get advice on which jewelry to choose, and learn about healing and aftercare.