Getting your ear pierced may seem to be a common thing, but a Daith piercing is a little different and involves piercing going through the inner most cartilage fold in the ear that is nearest to your head. It’s now popular to do this kind of piercing so the person can wear a piece of jewelry inside their ear in that location.
There is another style of ear piercing that is sometimes thought to be the same thing, but is it actually a different version and is called the inner daith. It is also called a forward helix or an inner helix and is done by piercing an area of the ear cartilage near the ear canal.
How did Daith Piercing get its Name?
Daith ear piercing started in 1992. It was given the name of Daith by a client of the person who invented in, Erik Dakota. She called it Daath, which means knowledge in Hebrew, because she figured that the one doing the piercing job had to be pretty knowledgeable to be able to do it. It was later changed to Daith and that is what it is now called.
The first time this type of piercing became popular was when it was shown in Body Play Magazine.
How Do You do A Daith Piercing?
Daith piercing is somewhat more difficult to perform than the more common earlobe piercing. You need to find someone who is an expert in the field so that you can be sure the piercing will be done correctly and professionally. Believe it or not, not everyone’s ears can have this sort of piercing done, due to the fact that everyone’s ears are shaped different in some ways.
If a person’s ear doesn’t have the proper shape for the cartilage to be pierced, the daith style of piercing can’t be performed. If the pierce says that your ear is appropriate for a daith piercing, it is done with a curved needle, unlike the straight ones done for earlobe piercing.
First, you will choose an appropriate piece of jewelry you want to wear in your ear. For those people who want their ear to heal faster, it is advised for them to pick a curved style of jewelry, but there is also a circular type that can be used as well.
Your ear must be thoroughly clean before the procedure is started.
Then the piercer will do the daith piercing and put the earring into the hole.
Daith Piercing is A Painful Procedure
If you wish to get a daith piercing in your ear, you should be forewarned that it is a somewhat painful procedure. This is due to the fact that a person’s ear cartilage is tough and they must use a fair amount of pressure to get the needle through to make the hole in the ear.
Most people have said that it is somewhat easier if they take some pain medication like Tylenol or Advil prior to having it done. You also need to keep the area clean and follow any directions given to you in order to keep your ear from getting infected after the daith piercing is done.
Care of Daith Piercing Afterwards
It’s best to clean your ear a couple of times a day using a good anti-bacterial soap and warm water. You also need to place a cotton ball soaked in some salt water onto the area at least once a day. Doing these things every day will help to keep you from getting an infected ear after you have the daith piercing done.
Other things that you need to know after having a daith piercing is to not put any pressure on that part of your ear such as leaning it onto your hand, or laying on it, wearing earphones or even using a phone. You can start doing these things again after the ear heals.
However, sometimes a daith piercing takes a longer time to heal than most other types of piercings. You also have to be careful not to get things on it like perfume, makeup, or any sort of creams or lotions. Just soap and water should be used to clean the area until it heals. The normal healing timeframe is estimated at about four to six weeks for most daith piercings.
Choosing Jewelry for Daith Piercings
When you get a daith style of piercing done on your ear, you need to carefully pick not only the right kind of jewelry; you also have to be sure to pick the right size of jewelry. If not, you could cause damage to your ear or make it get infected.
There are many variations to the kinds of jewelry that you can wear with a daith piercing in your ear. Some of these include ball closure rings, circular barbells and smooth segment rings. They also come made in gold, titanium, silver and other materials. Some people also purchase accessories to clip onto the jewelry to add a more personal touch.
You can buy all different kinds of daith jewelry online or possibly in some types of stores that cater to piercings.
The bottom line is that if you are fascinated by this type of ear piercing, then you first need to find an expert who is experienced in the daith form of ear piercings. Then, you must be dedicated to keep it clean until it heals and once it heals, you then have a very unique style of ear piercing that you can show off to all your friends, the daith piercing.