So you’re thinking a new piercing might be a good idea. You’ve even started saving a few photos for inspiration. But we’re here to push you a little further to try something that might be outside of your comfort zone. The piercings below are each a bit more unique than the typical piercing fodder, but they’ve already found a foothold within the style and piercing elite. Submitted for your consideration: what’s next in body jewelry.
While it might seem scary to move your piercing plans from your ear to your face, it’s actually a piercing placement that has endured over the ages without ever going out of style. Nose piercings are surprisingly versatile. From an almost imperceptible stud to a statement making septum hoop, it’s possible to get something you could rock for a night out or a work meeting. Plus, even when you’re dressed down, that little extra bling subtly steps up your look.
If you want a nose piercing, you have a few decisions to make — starting with the type and location. The first (and arguably most common) option is a nostril piercing, located on either side of your nose. Second is a septum piercing, which is placed through the skin that divides your nostrils. Viewed straight on, this type of piercing appears just below the bottom of your nose.
Pain level: 2
Of all the cool-girl ear piercings we’ve come across, from multiple ear-grazing pearls to hoops on hoops, there’s one that has stuck out to us for its uniqueness and simplicity: the daith piercing. Beyond its beauty, the daith piercing has even been touted for its ability to cure migraines.
A daith piercing is a hoop that hugs the cartilage on the inside of your ear and the shape generally suits most ear anatomies. Because they’re placed on the cartilage (versus earlobes), daith piercings rely more on the uniqueness of the cartilage as well as the size and shape of the ear.
While we love this piercing, be forewarned. You’re not going to be able to wear ear buds after you’ve gotten one as your buds will press against and irritate the piercing. We think it’s well worth it.
Pain level: 4
Everyone has an opinion on nipple piercings. Maybe you want one. Maybe the thought makes you want to cross your arms and protect your breasts at all costs. Or maybe you just want to know more about the whole thing.
Nipple piercings actually date back to ancient Rome and have been worn by both men and women throughout history. Recently, we’ve seen an uptick in their popularity with celebrities sharing their decision to get one.
We’re fans of nipple piercings because they really are an adornment for you. The people who get them get them for themselves, and we often hear how empowering the choice and the experience is. Many recipients report more fun in the bedroom because the piercing makes a nipple that was not too sensitive, more of an erogenous zone. The jewelry itself can be used (once well-healed) as a toy, which can add to mental sensitivity as well as the physical.
Women can breastfeed with a nipple piercing. If you think of the piercing as a small tunnel, milk can come out of the sides of the piercing as well as the usual route in front of the nipple.
Often people are concerned about breastfeeding with a nipple piercing. As celebrity piercer Maria Tash discusses, “Women can breastfeed with a nipple piercing. If you think of the piercing as a small tunnel, milk can come out of the sides of the piercing as well as the usual route in front of the nipple. I would tell clients the piercing enables “easier access” to milk for the baby. Most women elect to breastfeed without their nipple jewelry, but it is imperative to put the jewelry back in soon after, as the piercing can shrink quickly.”
Pain Level: 8