Everything You Need To Know About Ear Piercings

With pretty ears come great responsibility.
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It's nice to have one earring on each lobe, but the idea of cluster ear piercings seems enticing! Having a set of jewelry draped on your ear looks fancy and cool AF. If you've always wanted to have multiple piercings but are clueless with what to expect, read on as we answer frequently asked questions below:

I have no idea where exactly on my ear I should have my piercing. What am I supposed to tell my piercer?

Ear piercings are semi-permanent (we'll talk more about that later), so you will have to be keen on where you want your ear candy to be placed. Helix, anti-helix, tragus, anti-tragus, rook, are just some of the ear piercing styles you can choose from. Here's a diagram that illustrates all your options:

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Where can I get ear piercings here in Manila, Philippines?

This is a no-brainer! You're basically asking somebody to puncture your ear lobes, so you have to check the cleanliness of the location + tools and the expertise of the person. Tattoo studios and some jewelry stores offer ear-piercing services. Here are just a few places you can try:

  1. Wild Ones Tattoo

    2nd Floor, Arrowhead Plaza, President's Ave, Parañaque City

    Price: P800 to P1,500, depending on the ear area

    Mobile: 0915-295-9505 or Inquire via their Facebook page ; Piercer is only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  2. Triple I Tattoo

    #28 JLA Watch Tower Bldg. J.Elizalde St., BF Homes, Parañaque City

    Price: Starts at P1,000

    Mobile: 0917-792-5588/0917-389-6790 

  3. Silverworks Body

     2nd Floor SM Megamall, Bldg. B., Dona Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City; Major malls nationwide

    Price: Starts at P250

  4. 55 Tinta

    2nd Floor Luisa Bldg. Maginhawa St., Teacher's Village, Diliman, Quezon City

    Price: Starts at P1,000

    Mobile: 0908-873-3871

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  5. Immortal Tattoo

    Ground Floor Tiendesitas Mall, Frontera Verde, Ortigas Ave., Cor. C5 Road, Pasig City

    Price: Starts at P1,000

    Mobile: 0978-008-3856

  6. P&P Tattoo and Body Art

    Unit G1-C, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Eastwood Quezon City

    Price: Starts at P1,500

    Book via their website

  7. Skinworkz Tattoo Studio by Ricky Sta. Ana

    Pasilyo D-19 Cartimar Arcade, Pasay City

    Price: Starts at P1,000

    Contact via Facebook

  8. Vice Coffee and Ink

    7842 Makati Ave., Makati City

    Price: Starting at P1,000

    Mobile: 0917-8448423

Is it painful?

YES. A needle goes through your skin, so of course it will be painful! But it will be fast—you'll be more shocked than hurt.

How do I take care of my ear piercing?

  1. The after-care depends on where you get the piercing done.

    Basically, anywhere within the lobe is the most low-maintenance. It's fleshy by nature, so it can take healing like a pro. Helix and industrial piercings are located in the ear cartilage are a different story. They take time to repair. You have to check on them every now and then to see how they are healing.

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  2. Don't remove your earrings for weeks to prevent the hole from closing.

    Leave the earring on for a few weeks to avoid the unintentional closing of the fresh piercing. Plus, you'll have to be careful when sleeping—you might shift your weight too much on one side, which may lead to irritation and other problems.

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  3. Clean your fresh ear piercing with soap and water.

    Contrary to what you see on the internet, it is not advisable to disinfect the piercing with alcohol. It can sting and may be drying! It's better to wash it with gentle soap and water.

  4. Don't forget to twist the earring every now and then.

    To ensure that the hole won't close, twist the earring a few times during the day, but only after you've washed it. Moving the earring on dry skin may cause irritation.

Okay, my piercing is red and painful. I think it is infected. What should I do?

If your piercing looks or feels odd, don't turn to Google MD. You might read up on odd advice, and you may be overdiagnosing yourself! If the puncture is too painful, red, or something is oozing, you may go back to your piercer so he can check or you can see a dermatologist. Here's how one Cosmo Girl dealt with the situation.

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Where can I buy minimalist earrings for my cluster piercing?

Check out these Philippine-based Instagram shops for the prettiest and most delicate ear candy:

  1. Pranca

    This set will surely have everyone wondering what's going on with your ear.

  2. Pulseras By Kim

    Wear a cluster piercing version of Catriona Gray's ear cuff.

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  3. Nami

    This duo is just too pretty not to be worn.

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  4. Omii Jewelry

    This piece can be placed on the upper lobe, along with your usual lobe earring. Just gorgeous!

  5. Suki Jewelry

    We want everything in this photo.

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  6. Quielle

    This pretty sparkler is a must-have!

  7. Skinned PH

    OMG. Tiny and cute!

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But if you're a try-before-you-buy or a see-it-to-believe-it type of gal, there are also finds you can buy from retail shops at major malls:

  1. This pastel set makes it easy for you to curate your cluster piercing. 

    Parfois

    Parfois Sorbet Hoop Earrings, P490, Glorietta

  2. When you've got 25 pairs, your options will seem endless! 

    H&M

    H&M 25-pair stud earrings pack, P599, SM Megamall

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  3. Minimalist studs are easy to mix and match. 

    Bershka

    Bershka Set of Minimalist Earrings, P395, Glorietta

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  4. Seashell design jewelry is super big this summer! 

    ZARA

    Zara Pack of Seashell and Hoop Earrings, P895, SM Megamall

  5. Here's another set of sea-inspired ear candy. 

    STRADIVARIUS

    Stradivarius Set of Sea-inspired Earrings, P695, Glorietta

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Now that you know the basics, here are some cluster ear piercing ideas for you!

  1. The lightning stud, combined with the other earrings, make this cluster piercing look a powerful one!

  2. A conch piercing can stand on its own.

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  3. Try this one with simple studs, stars, and a tiny hoop.

  4. This proves that edgy and feminine styles create a good mix!

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  5. Tiny pearls and gold will always be a classic.

  6. This combination of industrial piercings is for the hardcore.

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