Ear piercings, such as the tragus or the helix, are still in fashion. One of them is very popular: the daith. This little jewel placed at the level of the cartilage of the ear seduces more and more. Presentation and advice from Nicolas, owner of the Tribal Act, to make a success of his daith piercing.
The external ear is made up of many small folds. One of them forms an inward comma almost in the center of the pavilion: the root of the helix. Like other parts of the ears, this part is made up solely of skin and cartilage. This piercing is very fashionable with the lobe and the tragus. A fashion confirmed by Nicolas, piercer and owner of the Tribal Act studio in Paris “is one of my favourites.
When looking at the ear in profile, neither the entrance nor the exit of the ring can be seen. “All ear morphologies do not allow this piercing. The root of the helix must be visible and not too short. The jewel must be well placed and not crooked. As for the rook, it is necessary to have a cartilage fold to make this piercing. Not all ears have one, or they are not wide enough. That is why it is recommended to see the piercing beforehand. You will see if the daith piercing is feasible on us. This prevents us from being disappointed on D-day if the piercer doesn’t you can do it in our ears.
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Where to do the daith piercing?
Certainly not in a jewelry store. The piercings are done there with a gun. The latter must be banned even for the earlobe. The material is not surgical, nor precise. Healing is also more complicated. “It is not clean and it is very traumatic for the tissues,” explains Nicolas. The jewelry is inserted forcefully, which can increase pain.
A professional uses a sterile, single-use needle that is thrown away right after the piercing. It is equipped with gloves and a mask before touching the ear. It is important to go to the piercing site in advance to ensure that the site is clean, maintained and hygiene rules are respected. This is your opportunity to do your own assessment of the salon.
“Having a good feeling is essential”, remember our perforator. The day of the piercing feels a little stressful, hence the importance of feeling confident with the person. Word of mouth is also a good clue. A friend who gives a good evaluation of a piercing salon is reassuring. A salon that has a lot of orders is always a good sign. Lastly, if a friend offers you a free service that is unprofessional, decline it.
Daith piercing: Where to buy the jewel?
You can tell with the naked eye if the ring is of good quality. Titanium is one of the metals best tolerated by the body. Surgical steel is the most common and the cheapest. Silver or gold is usually reserved for jewelry embellishments, like the little ball above. Rose gold is very fashionable, as well as rose quartz. “The surface of the jewelry must be smooth, mirror-like, without roughness, to facilitate healing”specifies the owner of Tribal Act. Often the purchase of the piercing is done on the spot.
Some suppliers accompany the jewelry with a certificate of authenticity that guarantees the quality. As for the shapes, all fantasies are possible. The CBR, the barbell and the hoop are jewels that are not adapted for this piercing. “In the daith, we only put rings” confirms our interlocutor. These can be starred, decorated with a ball, a heart or a diamond.
All ring embellishments are possible as long as they are micro sized. You don’t have to buy them online. It is possible to order jewelry on Amazon or other websites for delivery. The problem is that you cannot see the size of the ring, nor can you check the quality. It can be made of silver or an irritating material. To avoid unpleasant surprises at the time of healing, we remain demanding in the choice of jewelry. We put the price to have a quality ring.
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Piercing journey: todas las etapas
A first visit is normally recommended to get in touch with the piercer. On D-Day, it is best to arrive as relaxed as possible. “Easy to say, but it helps make the piercing go well. Usually the piercer tries to make you as comfortable as possible”says our expert. If you’ve ever gotten a nose or ear piercing, you’re more confident.
- The area of the daith piercing, the helix, is cleaned.
- Next, a mark is made at the level of the ear fold to define the precise area to be pierced.
- Right after, the specialist gives an antiseptic and proceeds to the perforation. Immediately after the daith piercing is done, the jewel is inserted.
Hurts? “At the moment of the step, it stings or stings. It is fleeting. I do not like to talk about pain, but about sensations. And it depends on the person and the level of stress. Right after the passage of the jewel, you do not feel anything”says Nicholas. The pain is not comparable to that of a septum, nose or labret piercing, at the level of the lip. Steel rings are cold, that may surprise you. It is better not to make an appointment at lunchtime or with a busy schedule. To be in the best conditions, you don’t have to be in a hurry. And for the price, on average, it costs between 40 and 60 euros.
How to take care of a daith piercing right after?
The pain completely disappears right after the piercing. It’s time for the scars to heal. “First of all, don’t touch your ring”warns our professional. The skin needs to get used to the piercing and the hole for good healing.
Fiddling with the earring risks causing inflammation, since hands are not always clean, and infection. For a month, the jewel is cleaned every day. Wash your hands. Next, a sterile non-woven pad is moistened with physiological saline and gently rubbed over the ends of the ring. This is to remove small secretions resulting from the healing process.
Then, with a second compress, the ear is gently dried. “This can be facilitated by starting with the gentle application of a mild soap in the shower before rinsing with saline. Be careful, drying the ring is an important step in the care process.”says the owner of Tribal Act. On the other hand, do not sleep on it because the ear can rub against the pillow and move the earring.
For a month, do not bathe in the pool, sauna, hammam or in the sea. You can not use headphones for at least 6 months. And after 6 months, you can exchange your ring for the piercing you like. These recommendations also apply to piercings such as the conch, the tragus or the rook…
Daith piercing and migraine: myth or reality?
When we look for this piercing in the search engines, we find many articles that relate the daith piercing and migraines. To our piercing professional: “It is a legend”.
The theory that this gem could treat migraines is related to a traditional Chinese medicinal practice: acupuncture. According to this practice, it is assumed that the vital point of the daith piercing is aligned with the digestive system and if the migraines are related to digestive problems, the “daith piercing can be a solution”, according to the Dr. Will Fosteracupuncturist in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Western medicine and its practitioners remain skeptical about the ability of a simple ear piercing to treat a condition as delicate and unpredictable as migraines. Today, there is no data that could really prove this theory. This area contains only cartilage. Ear piercing is mostly aesthetic.
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