We’re living in the age of innovation and experimentation where the definition of normal changes everyday and there’s immense pressure to keep up with the changing trends. Now, we know that adapting to these trends is a lot easier said than done…some are way too dynamic, some too niche and some are just straight out outrageous! So when in doubt, always go for the steady trends; these are tried and tested and are here to stay! And speaking of steady trends…what’s cooler than piercings?

Piercings are the perfect way to add just that hint of quirk and sass to your look without the overkill! Today, piercings can be done on almost any part of your body; although ear piercings are still the most common. If you don't want to go too crazy experimenting with body piercings, ear piercings alone have a lot of variations for you to choose from. Most girls already have the standard lobe piercing, but now its time to take things up a notch. Here’s a bunch of fun ear piercings you can try:

1. Upper Lobe Piercing
 

1. Upper Lobe Piercing

The Upper Lobe piercing is the second piercing, right above the standard lobe piercing. This is one of the least painful piercings and has become extremely common these days (almost as common as the standard piercing itself). This one’s sported best with a small stud or ring, but feel free to experiment. Opt for this piercing if you want an elegant, cutesy look that comes with little to no pain.

2. Auricle Piercing
 

2. Auricle Piercing

An Auricle or middle-cartilage piercing is done at the middle part of the outer rim of your ear, between the ear lobe and the helix. This is a cartilage piercing so be prepared to experience some pain since this part of the ear is much thicker and consists of a lot of nerves. The recovery time is also significantly longer than a lobe piercing. But if you can get past the pain, its a great way to add some spunk to your auricles, so go ahead and give it a shot , we say!

3. Inner Conch Piercing
 

3. Inner Conch Piercing

The inner conch is that dip in the ear between the helix and the anti-helix (the two rims) right before the ear canal. A conch piercing involves perforation of the ear cartilage and is of two types—inner and outer (although the inner one is much more popular). This piercing looks best with a small to medium sized statement stud. The conch is a pretty visible spot for a piercing, not to mention it’s totally in trend…so if you have one, you’re going to get noticed for sure!

4. Helix Piercing
 

4. Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is a cartilage piercing that’s been trending since the early 2000s. This piercing screams bold and edgy and has been almost every rebellious teenager’s go to piercing for decades. The best part about the helix piercing is that there are so many ways to play it up. You can have a single statement ring or stud, a couple of smaller dainty studs, or you can even channel your inner rockstar and experiment with spikes and other striking earpieces. This piercing is generally done with the help of piercing gun and is quite painful…don’t say we didn't warn you!

5. Ear Weaving Piercing
 

5. Ear Weaving Piercing

The ear weave consists of a number of piercings done in a line, usually along the rim of your helix and connected to each other with the help of a single piece of jewellery. The earring is usually in the shape of a spiral, which adds an enchanting elegance to your look. This can be quite a painful experience; it requires a fair bit of time to heal and also a good amount of care to avoid infection. However, given how unique and edgy this piercing looks, it’s totally worth all the trouble!

6. Tragus Piercing
 

6. Tragus Piercing

Tragus is the arc-shaped outer portion of the ear (right next to your ear drum) towards your face. Tragus piercing is one of the less popular piercings because it can be quite painful and is also highly prone to infections. This piercing can take over a month to completely heal and requires a lot of care in order to ensure smooth recovery. But if you're up for the challenge, this is one of the most visually appealing piercings out there. It’s worn best with a single stud…you can try experimenting with coloured studs or even shapes (bows are a popular choice we hear)!

7. Forward Helix Piercing
 

7. Forward Helix Piercing

A forward helix piercing is made just above the tragus, on the outer rim of your helix. You can experiment a little with this one…opt for one piercing with a standout stud or ring for a bolder look or go for two to three piercings with tiny studs for a daintier look. This piercing can be quite painful since this is a rather sensitive area of your ear. It can also take up to a month to fully heal and you need to treat it with a lot of care until then…so be prepared!

8. Graduate Lobe Piercing
 

8. Graduate Lobe Piercing

This one’s a hot favourite trend these days. This piercing is an extension of the main lobe piercing followed my multiple piercings in a line along the ear moving upwards towards the helix. You can opt for the same earring in different sizes (large to small) as you move upwards from the lobe to the helix; or you could go the rebellious way and wear something different in each year. You can go elegant and chic with studs or fiery and bold with hoops…it’s totally up to you!

Given the different kinds of ear piercings and combinations of styles out there, your confusion is justified. That’s why, it’s imperative that you do your research before you get pierced so you know exactly what you want, where you want it and how. Hopefully, we’ve eased the pain a little and helped you narrow down your choices.

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