Yesterday morning I couldn't sleep after coming off a night shift. I decided that maybe I could go for a drive and grab groceries. I thought about how long I've wanted a daith piercing but the piercing was the only thing holding me back. I've heard it's the most painful piercing because you go through the thickest ear cartilage. I really love the look of a daith piercing. I love the simplicity and uniqueness of it. Jewelry options is also not limited for a daith piercing. Most septum jewelry will also fit. I posted some pictures of jewelry I like. Right now I have a simple silver ring with a holographic purple and blue stone.
A daith piercing is a hoop that hugs the cartilage on the inside of your ear. "I've always pronounced it like 'faith,' but within the last several years, people have been pronouncing it "doth." Erik Dakota, the person who originally came up with the idea of piercing the crux of the helix. I don't know what compelled me, but I did a U-turn and went to my favorite piercing and tattoo shop. Because of covid, I wore a mask and waited outside in the nice sunshine since they were maximum capacity.
Once enough people left, I went inside. They answered my questions about pain, I picked out jewelry, and paid $85 for the piercing based on the jewelry I picked. I went back outside and filled out the consultation and age verification forms online.
Once my piercer was ready, I went inside. We further discussed pain, risk, and aftercare.
Because they're placed on the cartilage (versus earlobes), daith piercings rely more on the uniqueness of the cartilage as well as the size and shape of the ear. "Ear shape, specifically anatomically, will dictate if it's even possible to pierce. Beyond being a candidate for a daith piercing, proper aftercare is needed to avoid infection.
I was talking to my piercer, Bambi the whole time I was getting pierced so I was plenty distracted. Bami had me breath in when he put the needle in and breath out when I was ready for the piercing to go in. I told him I was anticipating a lot of pain, so I told him to just shove it in. Faster the better. The piercing felt like a pinch and I asked him if that was it, and it was. The daith cartilage is quite thick, so the puncture might not be as smooth as other piercing options. I have heard pain claims ranging from, “It wasn’t as bad as I expected,” to “I cried and passed out.” It’s important to understand your pain tolerance before you get this piercing.
Can It Help Migraines?
Anecdotally speaking, daith piercings have helped migraine sufferers, though there's no scientific evidence confirming that it actually does alleviate migraines. While there are reports of it helping, it may simply be a placebo effect.
Avoid touching it: You're likely eager to play with your new piercing, but I urge you to resist the temptation and avoiding touching, twisting, or playing with the new piercing, especially as it heals.
Change pillowcases often: Bacteria, oil, and sweat buildup on pillowcases can be detrimental to an already infection-prone area. Change up your pillowcase every couple of days to avoid this.
Protect it from harsh chemicals: Makeup, shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays, and perfumes should be avoided, as they can cause redness, irritation, and delay the overall healing process. Be mindful of hair accessories: Specifically, hats, headbands, and other hair accessories that could snag on the piercing.
Don't remove it prematurely: Removing the piercing before it heals could cause damage to the scar tissue.