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Obsessing over the ear curation trend? Well, you’re not alone!

Ear Piercings are quite popular nowadays. From Pinterest-inspired looks to curated ear stacks, we don’t think the obsession is going to die anytime soon!

Since you’re here, you just want to know more about Helix Piercing. This Ear Piercing is the most popular and coolest one as it can be personalized with different jewelry styles, placement, and possibilities.

We’ll talk about everything you need to know about Helix Piercings, including the pain level, aftercare tips, healing time, and the jewelry options you can bling it on!

Wait, wait! Before you visit your favorite piercer, you must read this guide!

What is Helix Piercing?

What is Helix Piercing?

A Helix Piercing is any ear piercing done on the upper and outside cartilage ridge of the ear. They are also known as rim piercings.

So, if you’re piercing somewhere on the top or above the midpoint of the ear, that’ll still be the part of helix piercing club.

In case you already have one helix piercing. Then, why stop at one when you can have two ear piercings? When two piercings are done closer to each other, then it’s referred to as a ‘Snakebite Piercing’. We are seeing that more and more people want that mid-helix double piercing.

The craze is REAL.

This ear piercing style is stacked together closely, and allows you to decorated with the same type of stud or some mismatched earrings.

In case you missed it, you can also go with a forward, backward, double, or even a triple helix piercing. Like, who knew there were so many options?

  • Forward Helix Piercing:-

    Follow the curve of your ear’s cartilage until you reach the side of your face, just right above the tragus and this piercing area is called as Forward Helix.

  • Double/Triple Helix Piercing:-

    Why stop at one? Get double or triple helix piercings. To show off your unique style, you can adorn your piercings with simple tiny studs or tiny huggie hoop earrings.

Does getting a Helix Piercing hurt?

Not gonna lie, pain tolerance varies from person to person. Generally, a helix piercing will hurt more than your lobe piercing as the helix area is a bit less fleshy.

The cartilage area of the ear is denser so it requires more pressure to pierce through, which results into more pain.

On the pain scale, helix piercing roughly ranks around 4 to 7 out of 10.

To lighten the pain, you should consider a skilled and experienced piercer.

Remember, the pain is temporary but your fantastic ear piercing is forever! Just follow the aftercare tips wisely.



It’s simple. For proper aftercare, all you need to do is, firstly keep your hands off the fresh ear piercing.

Avoid touching and upsetting your fresh piercing, it may cause inflammation or infections.

When you’re cleaning it’s important to spray saline solution (rock sea salt + distilled water) twice a day, at the front and back of your ear piercing.

Now, you might be thinking why saline solution only? Salt helps to pull out the excess discharge while increasing blood circulation.

TIP: If you’re a side sleeper, we would suggest you lay on the opposite side as it will put much pressure on your fresh piercing and can cause negative reactions too!

How Long does it take a Helix Piercing to heal?

Healing depends on various factors such as your overall health conditions, stress level, sleep, and your aftercare routine.

As we all are different, our body reacts to recover at different rates.

If you want an average estimation, then the healing time for a helix piercing is around four to six months - which is quite faster than any other cartilage piercing.

If you don’t look after your healing process, your fresh piercing may take longer time than expected, as you might need to get it re-pierced and follow all the steps again!

How to change out a Helix Piercing?

Helix Piercing can be easily changed, just make sure that it’s completely healed (before switching with any other jewelry).

If you’re trying to switch out the earring, do it carefully to avoid doing anything wrong. Plus, you can consult with your piercer while changing out the earring as it’s the better way until you’re confident enough to do it on your own.

In case you’re removing a stud, you can simply remove the backing from the ear piercing, and if it’s a hoop or ring, easily pull apart the ring.

And that’s how you can remove your earring and replace it with your blingy new piercing jewelry!

Best Jewelry Material for Helix Piercing

Best Jewelry Material for Helix Piercing

While choosing jewelry material for helix piercing, you must keep in mind that good material non-allergic, doesn’t cause any irritation or reaction in your body.

Gold: It’s a lightweight material and popularly it’s used to make earrings and other trendy pieces of jewelry. One of the best qualities is gold doesn’t cause any irritation when it comes in contact with the skin.

  • Gold adds a touch a luxurious touch to your ear piercings. It also offers different color options, such as Yellow, White, or Rose which gives you various styling options. Wearing gold piercing jewelry helps speed up your healing process.

  • Wearing Gold Piercing Jewelry has some health benefits too! It also helps in curing anxiety, blood circulation, and any skin issues (even, experts advise using gold based ingredients in skin care products).

  • Here’s a tip for you: In case. it’s your first ear piercing, gold is a great choice for piercing jewelry, but always consider more than 14 karats as the metal shouldn’t be too soft, it must be highly durable.

Jewelry Options for Helix Piercing

Jewelry Options for Helix Piercing

The best part! Now, you’ll need jewelry for your helix piercing. Once your ear piercing is completely healed. Gold Metal is a great option for a new piercing, it’s a non-allergic material and signifies luxury as well as fashion at the same time.

If it’s your first helix jewelry, then you should also avoid rings or hoops, as they tend to move a lot which might irritate to your new ear piercing. Or it can be easily caught on your hairbrush too.

Once healed, options are various available for you! Helix Piercing Jewelry includes cartilage hoops, dainty studs, danglers, and rings. You can find out which style suits you are you’re more comfortable with which works the best!


  1. Is a helix a good first piercing?

    If you’re getting pierced for the first time after lobe, then it’s considered to go with a Helix Piercing, as it’s comparatively less painful than other cartilage piercings.

  2. What are the helix piercing risks?

    When the piercing is over-irritated, then infection happens. Including swelling, green or yellow pus, and redness. The raised scar tissue that forms when the skin has healed around the wound, is generally called ‘Keloids’.

  3. How long after a helix piercing can I swim?

    It’s advisable to wait at least till your ear piercing is fully healed, before swimming. Even, chlorine present in the water of pools will somehow affect on your piercing. So, you can simply avoid the pool!

  4. When can I sleep on helix piercing?

    Don’t sleep on your fresh ear piercing until it’s completely healed. Laying on your piercing will put pressure and may cause discomfort and irritation.

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