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Beat's Guide to Piercings: Tips & Trends

With the plethora of piercing options on offer, it can be hard to know where to start. 

It’s common now to see even the most mainstream of celebrities rocking five or six ear piercings and, unless you’re dangling six massive gold hoops off one ear, it can look super chic and high-fashion as well as totally punk-rock (refer to Debby Harry in every photo, ever).
 
When the most sane and un-plasticised Kardashian bares her nipple piercing under a mesh tank top on the streets of Paris, you know it’s no longer just the girls at goth clubs who can get away with such boldness. Does the process hurt like a mofo? Yes. Is it worth it? You decide.
 
Sammah Chehade has been a professional piercing expert for close to four years, with up to 16 clients daily at Hairhouse Warehouse in Preston. She’s seen and pierced almost every body part that can be pierced. From Kids Television hosts through to great grandmothers, there’s no typical piercing client.
 
“Lately there has been some pretty fancy septum and cartilage jewellery going around,” she enthuses. “I have noticed people are starting to get multiple ear piercings in the one sitting to form a design or pattern on their ear.”
 
Even Gwyneth Paltrow rocks a few sparklers in each lobe. Miley Cyrus, Zoe Kravitz and Scarlett Johanssen are also fans of the cartilage, tragus and earlobe constellations.
 
“Lobe and helix piercings never fail in popularity,” Chehade says. “Lately I’ve been doing a fair bit of septum and daith piercings too.” For those not in the know, the daith is a spot in the innermost ear cartilage.
 
Whatever your bent though, aftercare and consideration of the pain, cost and maintenance involved in healing must be taken into consideration.
 
“With new clients, I usually ask them what they have in mind or what they’ve seen around and liked. Then, I look at the area they want to have pierced and advise on what would suit them as far as placement and jewellery.”
 
The consensus? Do your research and never be afraid to chat through your ideas with a qualified professional. Rather than make an impulse decision, go see an expert and find out what’s involved as far as pain factor, healing time and cost of jewellery.
 
Words by Cat Woods.

Hairhouse Warehouse is located at Northland Shopping Centre, Preston.