How To Safely Pierce Your Ears Yourself In 5 Easy Steps

Piercings are no longer a new thing as many women now want second piercings in every part of the body imaginable. The good thing about this though is that you do not have to get someone to do it for you.

Yes, you can do it yourself!

Below are the steps to take:

1. Purchase A Sterile Piercing Needle

You need to get a sterile piercing needle because it the best instrument used for piercing the ears. It has a hole in the center of the needle which allows you to easily insert the earring once the ear is been pierced.

They are available at the beauty stores within your area or you can make an order for it on online stores such as Konga, Jumia, or some other fashion online stores. Make sure you never share or borrow needles with anyone else, because if you do, it can easily lead to infection. Safety pin too can be used to pierce the ear, it provides better grip compared to needles.

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2. Buy Starter Earrings

A set of starter earrings are needed once the ear has been pierced. The starter earring has a pointed tip and a wider gauge special designed for newly pierced ears. Its wide range and pointed tip make it easier to insert and allow the starter earring to stretch into the holes, so as to help the pierced ear heal to the right size.

You can get surgical steel earrings or medical grade titanium if possible because it contains least amount of nickel, which are a common allergen. Some other good options are pure gold and silver. Make sure you avoid cheap earrings because they contain high quantities of nickel and this can cause infections and allergic reactions.

3. Clean The Ear And Mark A Definite Spot

After sterilizing your piercing tools, thoroughly clean the ear to remove any bacteria from the surface of the skin. Dip a cotton ball (Cotton Board or Qtips) into hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol and use it to clean the front and back of your earlobe.  Allow the ear to dry completely before proceeding to pierce the ear. Use a marker to indicate the spot you will like to pierce. This will help you center your needle on your ear and also prevent you from piercing the wrong spot.

4. Position Your Needle And Pierce The Ear

Pick up your piercing needle and place it on the marked surface on your earlobe, centring it at a 90-degree angle. In one smooth and fluid movement, push the needle through the earlobe. You will feel a sharp pinch on your but it won’t be really painful. Leave the piercing needle in the ear for about 30 seconds and wiggle it around gently, this will help widen the hole.

5. Insert The Starter Earrings

After piercing the ear, inserting the earring will be easy. You will slide the pointing tips of the earring into the hollow centre of the needle, then pull out the needle leaving the earring in the ear. Clean away any blood with a cotton ball, and then secure the back of the earring with a stopper. The same procedure should be done to the other ear too.

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