The Ultimate Guide To Picking Your Next Ear Piercing

by Maggie Dickman

The Ultimate Guide To Picking Your Next Ear Piercing

Can’t differentiate between daith and conch piercings? No biggie. We’ve found some of the most popular ear piercing trends to help you figure out which pretty piercing you’ll want to nab next.


So your BFF wants a triple helix and tragus piercings? Okay, so if that sounds like a mouthful (or a totally other language), you’re not alone. The traditional lobe ring is now being accented by a list of other rad piercings, and we’re all about it. (I mean, do you remember last year’s stunning constellation piercing trend?!)


But if you’re not sure which piercing is best for you, we put together a guide for the most popular ear piercing trends so you can know exactly what to ask for when you decide to stop by a trusty parlor to get that dainty daith piercing you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months.


Lobe Piercing



AKA the traditional and most popular ear piercing, the lobe ring is the least painful and quickest healing piercing, only taking three to nine weeks to fully heal. This year, however, it’s all about getting an off-center piercing. People can have one, two, and, really any number of piercings, as @sheenabagshawe proves, and let’s be real—they’ll always be trendy.


Helix Piercing



The helix percing, also known as the “cartilage piercing,” is technically the entire upper rim of the ear, but the most popular area for piercing is the outer and upper area of the rim. It is easily the second most common to the lobe, taking six to 10 months to fully heal. But throw in a ring, or a horseshoe ring like @luypiercer, and you’ll be stylishly set.


Daith Piercing



The daith piercing is placed in the cartilage as it curves toward the inner ear. Admittedly, it’s going to be a little more painful since it’s a thicker area of cartilage. But, because it’s tucked further into the ear than something like a helix piercing, it’s a good choice for a bit of (somewhat) hidden flair in a more strict professional work space, as @camilarenosto proves. It has a six to 10 month healing period, but it’s totally worth it.


Tragus Piercing



The tragus piercing is a bold—but stunning—piercing on that little piece of cartilage located right outside the ear canal. Because it’s a thicker area for the needle to have to pierce through, it requires the piercer to apply more pressure. However, because there are few nerve endings, it isn’t too painful to sit through. It requires four to eight months to fully heal, but as @stabbysarah proves, it’s a statement-making piercing that we’re swooning over.


Rook Piercing



The rook piercing is placed in the upper rim of cartilage that rests right above where a daith piercing would be and takes about six to 10 months to heal. It’s an amazing accent to a tragus piercing, and sits well by itself as @industrialstrengthmexico proves, however, “you don’t want to do a daith and rook, or either of those with a conch, because it gets a little crowded,” piercer Brian Keith Thompson told Refinery29. It’s a hot demand piercing we want to try out ASAP.


Conch Piercing



A conch piercing is placed in the inner part of the ear cartilage, and if you want to get super particular, the “inner conch” is placed further in the center of the ear, with the “outer conch” placed further on the outside (though the inner is much more common than the outer). It is said to take six to 12 months to fully heal, and because of its location, it is a great complement to almost any other piercing. (@uummaa‘s piercing has us swooning.)


Which ear piercing are you eyeing?