How to Cover your Piercings – Part 1

Piercings though widely accepted nowadays are still considered a taboo especially in some educational institutions and workplaces. Also in some situations like an extended family gathering, it is also sometimes easier to hide unusual piercing than to be subject to glares, and a myriad of questions and comments about it. But such prejudice shouldn’t stop us from getting piercings to express ourselves. So go ahead and get a piercing but just cleverly hide it at places where it becomes necessary. You can remove your piercings at times when the situation demands it, and wear it again later. But it can be tiring to remove your piercings on a daily basis and it is also not advisable to do so especially during the healing process. So it is easier to just try and cover them by minimizing their appearance.

 

  • Ear piercing is accepted among women but some forms of extreme ear piercings or multiple piercings are still not. Men with ear piercings are still sometimes subject to discrimination at conservative institution and organizations.

The easiest way to cover ear piercing among women is to let your hair down and cover your ears with it. If you don’t have hair that is long enough then you can wear clear jewellery that is made of materials like quartz or glass as they are visible to the naked eye only on close inspection. You could also try wearing flesh coloured plugs made of silicon or acrylic material to disguise the piercing.  These coloured plugs are especially useful in cases of stretched ears to emulate the look of normal earrings.  If you are in a hurry or stuck in situation with no access to any of the jewellery mentioned earlier, then just grab a scarf or a hat and cover it up.

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  • Tongue piercing is a very new trend and is mostly frowned upon in most cultures. The visibility of the tongue piercing depends on where it is placed on the tongue. The further back it is it is less visible. The easiest way to conceal it is by wearing a clear stud or jewellery that is the colour of the flesh of your tongue. The lesser you play with your piercing the lesser attention you will bring to it.

These suggestions are meant to be used only after the piercing is completely healed, and not on fresh piercings or during the healing period.

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Types of Nose Piercings

Nose piercing has been a part of Indian culture for many centuries now, and has slowly gained popularity over the last two decades in western countries too. It has now become a part of mainstream culture now and is now the second most popular piercing in the world after ear piercing especially among teens and young adults.

The nose is cartilage, so this tissue is tougher to pierce and can be more problematic to heal compared to ear lobes, which are soft tissue. Noses allow for a few different variations in piercing.

Nostril piercing

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It is the most common form of nose piercing. The piercing is usually done near the rim of the nostril and could either be on the left side or the side of the nose. The side of the nose that is pierced depends on the cultural significance of the person getting the piercing or could also be just a preference based on which side looks better. A ring or stud is best for starting but make sure the jewelry is not too tight to the nose if it is a stud. That can lead to healing problems.

Septum piercing

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This piercing is placed on the cartilage that separates the chambers of the nose also known as the septum. This piercing is also nicknamed the “bull ring” piercing as you sometimes see cattle with this style of nostril piercing. This piercing is more common in tribal peoples. Reasons for this piercing were to imitate totem animals, to bring luck and to keep evil spirits from entering the body by coming in through the nose. It can be a bit sensitive to pierce, or if the ring gets snagged. This is the only type of nose piercing that can be made completely and truly invisible.

Bridge piercing

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It is a piercing placed horizontally through the fleshy part lining up between the eyes above or at nose level on the surface of the bridge of the nose,. The placement of this piercing is not always easy, because it should be such that it should not appear crooked or bent and must not restrict the field of vision of the wearer. It is also called an ‘Erl’ piercing named after the first man to get it done. This piercing can be very hard to heal and carries a high potential for rejection or healing out.

There are a few questions you can to ask the piercer before getting the piercing to ensure a safe experience. Check how the nose jewellery you have chosen works and how it goes n and out of your nose. This will be very helpful when you want to change it in the future. Ask about piercing aftercare products and procedure especially that which must be followed during rigorous activities and medical conditions like cold and allergies.

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Unique Styles of Ear Piercing

Ear piercing is the most common and the most ancient form of piercing and body modification. We have already discussed the most widely practised forms of ear piercings in an earlier post. We now come to the lesser seen types of ear piercing, which are now slowly gaining popularity because of their unique and offbeat look.

Industrial

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An industrial, or scaffold, piercing is made up of two holes that are connected by a single piece of jewellery (usually a long barbell). An industrial piercing is commonly seen pierced through the cartilage on the upper ear, one hole close to the head and the other further down on the outer rim. The standard industrial is actually two helix piercings, but industrials can be a wide range of connected piercings. Two or more industrials on one ear are sometimes referred to as an ear cage. Healing time takes anywhere from 3 months to 1 year.

Conch

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The conch is the large expanse of cartilage located in the middle of the ear. A conch piercing is located in the big area of cartilage just above the earlobes and the anti-tragus on the inner ear. It can be either an inner or outer conch piercing, with the inner conch piercing located in the centre ear cartilage, adjacent to the ear canal and the outer conch piercing is located in the outer ear cartilage, in the flat part of the top, outer ear. Conch piercings can be done in a range of gauges and most people wear either a barbell or a labret stud in their conch. A ring or a barbell too can be worn on this type of piercing. However when selecting a ring make sure it is large enough to encircle the outer ear. Healing time is usually around 8-16 weeks.

Rook

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A rook is the thick fold of cartilage located on the anti-helix (upper inside of the ear) just above the tragus. How easy a rook piercing is going to be can depend on the anatomy of your ear. Some people have a very pronounced rook, which is easier to pierce but requires slicing through a larger amount of flesh. Smaller rooks don’t have as much cartilage to pierce through, but can be more difficult for the piercer to get at. Because the piece of cartilage through which the rook piercing is placed is so thick, piercing this spot can be quite painful. Healing time can be anywhere from two months to 1 year.

Daith

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The daith (usually pronounced day-th, but properly pronounced doth, rhyming with moth) is located between the rook and the ear canal and is closes to the head. The word daith is a variation of the hebrew word, daath, which translates to ‘knowledge’. It is similar to the rook in terms of depth and healing time, which is also 8-16 weeks initially and up to one year to be healed completely.