According to Revere Health, the proportion of people piercing their earlobes in the United States is up to 83%. It’s quite understandable when ear piercing is increasingly trendy and alleged to bring medical benefits. More interestingly, many people, especially DIY lovers, prefer home self-piercing instead of going to a piercing shop. So are you wondering how to pierce your own ear at home? Let’s figure out with our detailed instructions on earlobe piercing below.
How to pierce your own ear at home?
Step 1: Prepare materials
- A pack of sterilized piercing needles
- Good quality gold or silver sterilized earrings
- Rubbing alcohol (70%)
- A fine point pen
- Salt (2.5 g) and water (250ml)
- Ice (2 pieces)
- Cotton (10 pads)
- A square of a new, clean sponge
Note: If your skin is sensitive, you have to wear earrings made of good quality metal instead of fake metal. For example, you can use gold, silver, or zinc earrings after your piercing because they work great and can limit infection.
Step 2: Set up your place
You need to find a large ideal space with natural lighting and have an appropriate mirror. Put the mirror in a suitable position where you can see your ears clearly. Soak a cotton in rubbing alcohol, and then slightly sterilize a spot that you want to pierce.
Besides, you ought to disinfect the earrings that you intend to use with rubbing alcohol or a saline mixture (dissolve one of salt tea in a cup of warm water). Let them soak for at least 5 minutes to kill bacteria. Put some cotton pads, wet papers, a small towel, and saline on the tray to use anytime. Everything needs to be readily available.
Step 3: Start to pierce your own ear
This is the most challenging and scariest part, but also very interesting. Mark a spot you are going to pierce with a pen. See it again in the mirror to make sure that you are ok with that placement. Before piercing, wash your hands with soap and water since this will prevent bacteria from spreading during the piercing.
Next, take out a sterilized sewing needle. If you pierce your lobe, put a clean sponge behind your ear. Its effect is to absorb the sewing needle when it comes out from the other side. Nevertheless, if you pierce your cartilage, you do not need to use this sponge due to the cartilage’s stiffness.
Then, hold the needle by your preferred hand and turn gently to see both the front and side of the ear area you are piercing. Next, you need to put the needle at the marked point on your ears. For a lobe piercing, keep the needle perpendicular to the spot, and push the needle through deftly. The more quickly you do it, the easier it’s.
When the needle’s tip comes out the other side, pull it through until you see it. The needle is hollow in design to be able to insert an earring into the end. Now you need to put the earring post into the needle’s hole, pull the rest of the needle through and that earring will slip into your ear.
If you use a sewing needle to pierce, you need to push the needle first. Then, draw it and shove an earring straight into that skewered hole immediately afterward. Piercing by a sewing needle may be more traumatic than by a piercing needle. The last thing is to wash the fresh area with saline.
Step 4: Aftercare after piercing your own ear
Caring for the area after the piercing is very important and requires you to do it carefully. It may take several months to treat the infection, so you need to notice the followings:
- Try not to weigh down on the piercings
- Do not twist or play the earrings – just leave it alone
- Clean the piercing area with saline solution at least twice a day
- Eat healthily
- Stay away from alcohol and drugs because it can influence the healing process
- Go to the doctor immediately if your piercing area swells up, bleeds or you feel pain because it may be a sign of infection
- Wait to change your jewelry after six weeks
Where can I buy a piercing needle?
There are many types of piercing needles with different sizes and prices, including hollow needles, cannula, curve needles, and dermal punch. Each of them has a different use and sterilization techniques, so you can read this article to know more about that.
After getting a rough understanding of piercing needles, you may want to know where to purchase one. It is a piece of cake. You can buy a piercing needle on online websites such as Amazon, etc., or in a pharmacy store. The other materials are available at the pharmacy store.
The bottom line
Piercing your own ear is not an easy task but it can be a valuable experience once you do it the right way. You can both save a sum of money and look fashionable with colorful or twinkling earrings. But if it is your first time, you should do it slowly and follow the instructions closely. Enjoy the process anyway!