The Ultimate Guide to Helix Piercings

Helix Piercing

The helix piercing is a look that has exploded into popularity in very recent years. It is one of the most awesome styles in body modification right now, which is why celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Emma Watson have gotten it done.

It is definitely one of the hottest looks in ear piercing right now; subtle, chic, and just a little bit mysterious. Even the name Helix sounds pretty cool.

In this guide, you can find everything you need to know about getting your helix pierced, and how to take care of it afterwards.

What is a Helix Piercing?

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The most important thing to know is what exactly a helix piercing actually is, and where it goes. Your helix is the upper ear, or cartilage, which protects the rest of your ear. This part of the ear is tougher than the earlobe, and usually, a 16 gauge size needle is used for the piercing.

The helix piercing is just an elaborate way of describing a cartilage piercing in the upper part of your ear, and can include a double or triple helix, or forward helix piercing.

How much does a Helix Piercing hurt?

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The helix piercing is definitely not the most painful of the different ear piercings. On average, people find it to be a 3/4-10 on the pain scale. This makes it very bearable, but you’ll still definitely feel it.

The reason it is not as painful as the likes of a nipple or lip piercing is because of where the cartilage is. There are fewer nerve endings in that part of your ear. It is the thought of a piercing that is usually worse than the procedure itself, so familiarising yourself with the studio and relaxing a bit more makes it a lot easier. After you get the piercing, there might some dull pain for a while, especially if you do not take proper care of the pierced area.

Of course, pain tolerance is totally different depending on the person, so one person might find it extremely painful, while another person isn’t bothered by it at all.

Whether you are worried about the pain or not, overthinking it will not help, so if you really want the piercing, don’t let the thought of a little pain talk you out of it.

How much does a Helix Piercing cost?

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Generally, the cost of a helix piercing depends on the studio you decide to go to. These are the standard prices for helix piercings from a professional piercing studio, but of course, some places may charge more.

Also, bear in mind that if you are getting a double or triple helix you will be paying for each piercing individually.

The most important thing is to not simply go for the cheapest option, and make sure you are being pierced by a professional and experienced piercing artist.

What are the different types of Helix Piercings?

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Standard Helix

Helix Piercing

Double Helix

Double Helix Piercing

Triple Helix

Triple Helix Piercing

Forward Helix

Forward Helix Piercing

The standard helix piercing goes on the outer upper ear, or cartilage, but can be accompanied by one or even two more piercings in this area, which would be a double and triple helix piercing.

As well as this there is also the forward helix, which is the part of the upper ear which touches your face, and is facing forward, hence the name forward helix. The helix is such a versatile area that you can wear piercing rings, bars, studs and anything else you might want, whether beaded or unbeaded.

Tips for Helix Piercing: Before and After

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What to do before getting your new Helix Piercing

1. Drink lots of water beforehand, but NO ALCOHOL (and minimal amounts of caffeine), as these may thin your blood and impair your reasoning in the case of alcohol.

2. Purchase the aftercare products you’ll need before getting pierced. These products should include a salt spray solution and a cotton swab of some sort.

3. Eat a good meal before your appointment, as the nerves might get the best of you and make you feel faint (but don’t worry, all that nervousness is just in your head).

4. Make sure there are no medical reasons that you shouldn’t get a piercing, as being sick or certain illnesses can cause havoc during the healing process.

5. Don’t worry! If you’re nervous, there is nothing to be worried about. Your piercing artist is a professional and knows what they are doing.

Aftercare for your new Helix Piercing

1. Always wash your hands, preferably with antibacterial soap.

2. Use a salt and water mixture or one of our salt spray to clean around the piercing area.

3. Use a tissue or certified swab to apply salt solution or water to pierced area at least once a day.

4. Gently wiggle your piercing when cleaning to let the solution soak right through.

5. Two cleans a day is enough, any more will cause irritation.

6. Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide based cleaning solutions will only lead to more infection so be sure to avoid these.

7. Try to avoid oils or creams (unless instructed by a GP) in the first 2 weeks, as the extra chemicals can cause more problems than solutions.

How long will it take for your Helix Piercing to heal?

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3 - 6 Months to fully heal, and in some cases, it can take up to a year.

There are no shortcuts for healing time, you’ll just have to be patient; but to avoid complications and longer waits, be sure to take proper care of your new piercing, clean it regularly and avoid touching it too much. Infections will make the recovery time last longer, so follow proper aftercare procedures to avoid this. After the first four weeks, you can use our piercing healing oil or healing butter to improve your healing process. You should also be prepared to sleep on your back and on one side if you get your helix pierced, as you should avoid lying on the piercing for the duration of the healing process.

What are the risks when getting a Helix Piercing?

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Like all piercings, helix piercings have risks such as irritation, infection and rejection. Luckily it is not as likely to happen with an ear piercing as it would be with other piercing types. To avoid these complications, follow the steps outlined in aftercare section below.

You may notice if you have an infection when your piercing site is still irritated and red after 3 or more weeks, and a doctor should treat it accordingly. Rejection can lead to discomfort, as it is the bodies way of pushing the piercing out, as it does not think the piercing should be there.

Allergic reactions to certain materials such as surgical steel can occur, due to the nickel in the metal. Avoid this by purchasing titanium or solid gold jewellery, at least the first time you get pierced.

Be sure to avoid a piercing gun when you’re getting pierced, as they lead to damaged cartilage and a higher risk of infection. A hollow point needle is much gentler on the area.