Trends in Ear Piercing:
Ear piercing is an age old tradition practiced widely by people all over India, from the ancient times & has great importance in Indian ethos. The practice of piercing ears is known as “Karnavedha” in Hinduism & is considered as an important ceremony performed on a child even today regardless the gender. In olden days both the men and women had to get their ear lobes pierced and many times had multiple piercings for vivid earrings. A few Asian Countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Laos also have a similar culture.
By the 20th century, men following the custom of wearing earrings became rare. But now it is coming back as a fashion statement! Ear piercing has become a very popular thing and a major fashion statement for men and women in the western countries. This again influenced Indian males and females, specially the youth population in India, to restart the long lost tradition but now merely as a fashion statement.
Not just piercing the ear lobe, there are various types of ear piercing that have taken over widely and have made ear piercing a trendy fashion statement altogether. The various types include:
1] Standard lobe
The Standard lobe piercing or simply the lobe or lower lobe piercing, it is the most common piercing done worldwide. It is probably one of the first piercings done as a child, as the ear lobe is tender and softer than other parts of the ear. Ear lobe piercing is an important tradition in India. Any kind of earring, ranging from small studs to long and heavy designer ones can be worn in this piercing.
2] Upper Lobe Piercing
As the name describes, this piercing is done on the upper lobe of the ear, just above the standard lobe piercing. Considered as one of the least painful piercing, it is also one of the most opted for piercing from a long time. Stunning studs are preferred for these piercings to give a touch of glitz and glam.
3] Conch Piercing
The location of Conch piercing is the ear cartilage. It is of two types - inner and outer. Inner Conch piercing is more popular than Outer Conch piercing, but each looks good just as the other. Both look hot as hell!
4] Helix Piercing
Helix piercing is the perforation of the helix or upper ear (cartilage) and is usually done using a hollow piercing needle or a piercing gun. It is considered to give a rebel look more like that of rock star in the western countries. But in India it holds traditional values and is sometimes necessary for a to-be-bride to get the piercing done before marriage in some places.
5] Tragus Piercing
Tragus is the immediate projection in front of the ear canal, the outer portion of the ear that falls to the inner side of the face. The piercing done in this area is called the tragus piercing and is not very painful yet can cause infections. Stunning studs and rings are preferred for this piercing.
6] Industrial Piercing
Industrial piercing, also known as the bar, scaffold or construction piercing is one of the coolest statement piercings done in the western countries. It refers to the double perforations done on the upper ear cartilage. Here two pierced holes, one fairly close to the head(forward-helix) and second further down the helix, are connected with a single straight piece if jewel typically of an arrow shape or simply a straight barbell.
7] Rook Piercing
Rook piercing is the perforation of the anti-helix, the cartilage fold on the upper inner ear. Since it is done on two different cartilages it requires great precision and is a highly technical piercing. Most preferred earring includes curved barbells or the captive bead rings.
8] Snug Piercing
Snug piercing, also known as the anti-helix piercing, is the adjacent, inner ear counterpart of helix piercing. It looks amazing with a hanging ball earring or a plain yet spunky ring.
9] Anti-tragus Piercing
Anti-tragus is the perforation of the outer ear cartilage and is the neighbor of the tragus. Placed on the piece of cartilage opposite the ear canal, this piercing has characteristics similar to tragus piercing. A barbell or captive bead ring looks just as fine and gives a sleek look.
10] Daith Piercing
Daith piercing passes through the ears innermost cartilage fold, the crus of the helix. It might seem as an extremely painful one due to its position but isn’t so. Due to its position, it is quite similar to the tragus
11] Orbital Piercing
An Orbital piercing is a combination of two ear piercings connected by one piece of jewellery and is similar to industrial piercing, the only difference being that industrial piercing connects holes horizontally whereas orbital connects from the front. It looks stunning with gorgeous heart shape earring.
12] Forward Helix Piercing
Forward helix is a perforation done in the area similar to that of helix piercing but lower, near to the root of the helix. Most commonly studs are used for this kind of piercings.
13] Multiple piercings
Getting more than one piercing is become the fastest growing trend right now. You can have a combination of piercings as per your taste and choices. While many people choose to overload their ears with more than 3 or 4 dazzling piercings, some like to keep it simple yet elegant by getting fewer piercings.