Jewelry for People with Allergies and Sensitive Skin

Nickel Allergy ProblemThere are many sensitive people prone to allergies and other skin problems. There are also people with a very sensitive skin. Does it mean these people cannot enjoy body jewelry or piercings?

Good news: if you are prone to allergies or if you have a sensitive skin, it does NOT mean you can’t wear body jewelry. The trick is just to find jewelry that will not trigger your allergies and that will be comfortable for you to wear.

Unsafe Materials and Alloys

In most of the cases, to avoid allergies, skin sensitivity and other problems, it’s important to wear jewelry made of safe materials. Safe materials are those materials that are body-friendly and medical grade. These materials will not cause allergies in most people.

It’s important to understand what causes allergies in the first place. Most of the time, what people are allergic to are various alloys present in metal jewelry. Alloys are mixtures of elements. It means that even if the jewelry is made of a main element, it may contain traces of other elements, which can prove to be dangerous for you. Alloys are often added to enhance the properties of the main element, such as to make it stronger, or softer, or to change its color. This may work, but it can also be dangerous if you are allergic to the alloy.

Avoid Nickel Allergy

By far the most common is nickel-allergy. It is very common because nickel is a very popular alloy used in many metals. Nickel is sometimes used in gold jewelry, so all gold pieces containing gold can cause a serious allergy.

For this reason, it’s important to wear only nickel-free body jewelry. Whenever you choose your jewelry piece, especially if it’s gold, make sure it’s nickel-free. This is the only way to avoid nickel allergy.

Another material to avoid is steel. It may also contain nickel. However, not all steel jewelry is created equally. Surgical Steel is a safe material. This is a medical-grade jewelry material that does not contain nickel.

However, nickel allergy is not the only problem you may encounter. Depending on your body, you may be allergic to a different alloy. This is why it’s highly recommended to check all the alloys present in a jewelry piece or to stick to hypoallergenic jewelry only.

Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Hypoallergenic jewelry is the one that is specially made to be safe for people who have allergies and sensitive skin. This jewelry is made of materials that are known not to cause allergies so it’s generally safe even for the more sensitive users.

However, keep in mind that “hypoallergenic” is more of a generic term used by jewelry companies. There is no strict regulation what “hypoallergenic” actually means. It may simply mean that it’s nickel-free. On the other hand, it may mean it’s made of the medical-grade materials specially made for sensitive people.

The safest body jewelry materials are those that are considered to be “hypoallergenic”. The most popular of them are:

  • Titanium
  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (especially the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel)

You may also use gold jewelry, as long as it’s nickel-free.

Another good way to go is to use non-metallic jewelry pieces. Many of these materials, such as acrylic or Bioplast jewelry, is generally safe to use even by people with sensitive skin and allergies.

What about Organic Jewelry?

Another good way to go is to use organic jewelry (made of wood, stone, glass, horn or bone). If you choose to do this, however, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the organic components of your jewelry.

Organic jewelry is very beautiful and can be very effective but it can cause additional problems because it can’t be sterilized as much as metal jewelry. You need to make sure that organic jewelry is made of a material you are not allergic to. Also, it’s highly recommended to wear this type of jewelry only in fully healed piercings.

Different Types of Barbells

Different Types of BarbellsBarbells are among the most popular body jewelry pieces. They are probably the most popular piercing jewelry type after Captive Bead Rings. Barbells come in many different shapes and varieties, so they can be used for almost any piercing type.

The basic design of a barbell is a bar with a bead on each end. One or both beads are removable so you can insert your jewelry easily. The other bead is typically fixed, so only one bead is removable.

Barbells are a type of threaded jewelry. It means that the removable ball attaches to the shaft by screwing. Barbells can be Internally Threaded or Externally Threaded. Internally Threaded barbells have smooth ends and the ball is the one with a threaded post. The shaft has a threaded receiving tube. This type of jewelry tends to be more comfortable and safer to use, because there are no sharp edges on the shaft alone. It means you won’t hurt any tissue when you insert your shaft through the piercing.

Externally Threaded barbells are the opposite: they have a threaded shaft and a ball with a receiving tube. In this type of jewelry, you need to pass the shaft with a threaded post through the tissue. It may lead to tearing and other problems, so generally speaking, Internally Threaded jewelry is recommended. The only exception is jewelry of a very small gauge (such as gauge 20 or gauge 18). Such jewelry is too thin to be Internally Threaded.

Types of Barbells

There are many different barbell types to choose from. While all barbells share the basic design of a shaft with a ball on each end, the shaft itself can be shaped in several different ways. It makes for several unique barbell types. These different barbell styles are suitable for different piercing types.

The most popular barbell types include:

  • Straight Barbells
  • Curved Barbells
  • Circular Barbells
  • Spirals
  • Surface Bars

Straight Barbells

Straight Barbells are the basic types of barbells, and they can be used for many different piercings. A straight barbell has a straight shaft, with a bead on each end. The beads can be plain and simple, or they may have gems or other ornamentations.

A special type of a straight barbell is Industrial Barbell. This is a very long barbell, with the shaft significantly longer than regular. Such a long shaft is made to accommodate Industrial Piercings. Since this piercing type combines two piercing holes and goes from one side of the ear to the other, the bar should be long enough to reach both ends of the piercing.

Curved Barbells

Curved barbells are sometimes known as “navel curves”, because they are most commonly used for navel piercings. Curved barbells have a curved shaft, which gives them a really unique look. This curvature makes jewelry sit better in certain piercing types (such as belly button piercing), so curved barbells are widely used for these piercings.

The curvature on the shaft can be made in many different ways. It can range to almost straight to almost circular. A popular variation of this design is a so-called “J-bar” or “banana barbell”. This is a slightly curved barbell with a 90 degree bend near one end. It is specially designed to be used in several types of navel piercings. It makes the decoration sit better against the skin.

Circular Barbells

Circular Barbells are also known as “horseshoe barbells”, because of their shape. These barbells have a shaft that is circular. The shaft usually makes the perfect circle, although some circular barbells have a more elliptical shaft.

The shaft of a circular barbell is never fully closed the way it is with Captive Bead Rings. Instead, there is a gap on top and each end of the barbell has a bead.

Spirals

Technically speaking, Spirals are almost never referred to as “barbells”, but they are a form of barbells. With this jewelry type, the shaft is made into a spiral. Sometimes, the Spiral is shaped in such a way that the ends overlap but they can be easily separated to make insertion of jewelry possible.

Spirals come in many different sizes and while some of them are ornamented with different types of decorations, it’s the shape itself that’s unique and made to attract attention. Therefore, most spirals are made to be simple yet elegant and they don’t have heavy ornamentation.

Surface bars

Surface Bars are used for surface piercings. This is a special type of barbell, where a shaft has two 90 degree bends. It makes this barbell resemble a staple. The ends of the barbell have beads. This shape is specially designed to make surface piercings more secure and less prone to migration and rejection.

Why You Should Never Buy Cheap Jewelry

Cheap Body JewelryIt’s sometimes tempting to buy cheap jewelry at a mall kiosk or a similar place. You might want to save a few bucks and some of the pieces offered there look really cute. Sure, they may not be classy, but there’s no harm in purchasing some cheap jewelry, right?

Wrong. Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous bad things. You should never buy such jewelry and you should advise your friends and family from doing so. Seriously, it’s that bad. This sort of jewelry never brings anything good. In fact, it can lead to some serious consequences.

Potential Harm

Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous health consequences. It may seem harmless, but you should never play with your health. Keep in mind that you might want to save a few bucks but there is always a reason why any particular piece is that cheap.

One of the main reasons cheap jewelry is cheap is because it’s made of cheap materials. This is bad news, because you need your body jewelry to be made of body-friendly, safe materials. This is non-negotiable. Using harmful materials can have serious consequences for your health, so you should always strive for jewelry made of medical-grade, high-quality materials.

Keep in mind that any body jewelry piece actually goes inside your skin. It has to pass through the piercing itself, which includes sensitive tissue. If you use jewelry made of crappy material you are risking a serious infection. Bacteria and dirt can get into your body and that’s a recipe for trouble.

Even more, cheap materials can bring harm themselves. Many cheap materials typically contain dubious or dangerous ingredients that will get inside your body, causing trouble. Take nickel, for example. Cheap jewelry typically contains nickel. All those cheap gold jewelry pieces? Yes, full of nickel. Nickel is dangerous because it can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is more than just an aesthetic problem: it can be very dangerous.

Another problem of cheap jewelry is that it’s just not well-crafted. It means it can easily bend and break, hurting you in the process. You don’t want your jewelry to poke and pinch you, and you sure don’t want any scratches and other problems.

Design Mistakes

Another downside to cheap jewelry is…. Well, it’s cheap. As in, you can tell it’s low-quality. Even when it comes to design, it’s just not as good as better quality pieces. Jewelry you can buy at a mall is made using the cheapest possible materials, including cheap glue and low-quality beads. It is just not made to last.

Glue is a particular problem here. Almost everything on a cheap jewelry piece is glued. This is particularly true for gems and other decorations. Glue tends to dry up and doesn’t hold well. After a while, the beads and gems will simply fall out. It is very easy to lose parts of your jewelry this way.

Now, this can be very dangerous, especially in the case of tongue piercing and genital piercings. You might swallow a bead or other part of the jewelry. It can hurt your genitalia. You don’t want this to happen.

Even if cheap jewelry doesn’t harm you, it still breaks easily. It’s not made to last so it will probably bend and break after the first wear. This is just a waste of money. You wanted to save on jewelry but it will actually take more of your money in the long run because it’s just so poorly made that you will have to always buy new jewelry pieces.

High-Quality Jewelry

High-quality jewelry, on the other hand, is not just body-friendly but also durable. It makes a good investment. It is carefully crafted and made to last. You should always buy this type of jewelry. Forget about cheap jewelry pieces you can get at a mall. Not worth the risk.

There are numerous advantages to high-quality jewelry. The most important ones include:

  • Safety. High-quality body jewelry is made of safe materials. These materials will not harm your body so you don’t have to worry while wearing these jewelry pieces.
  • Durability. High-quality jewelry is made to last. It is durable and well-crafted, so you will enjoy it for a long time.
  • Beauty. High-quality jewelry is also more beautiful. Since it uses good materials and it’s well-crafted it also look much better. It will not break or bend easily so it will keep its great looks for a long time.

Cheap Body JewelryThe best of all? High-quality jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you will pay a bit more than for cheap jewelry but this is the point. You are paying for the quality. You are paying for your safety. You are paying for beautiful, durable jewelry you will enjoy for a long time.

At the same time, you don’t have to pay some crazy money for a quality jewelry piece. There are body-friendly, durable jewelry pieces you can get for a decent price. The Chain Gang strives to provide the best-quality body jewelry without high prices!

Also, keep in mind that high-quality jewelry is durable, it will save you money in the long run, because you won’t have to buy new pieces all the time. Do yourself a favor and forget about cheap, low-quality jewelry. It’s just not worth the risk.

Vertical vs Horizontal Piercings

Vertical and Hortizontal PiercingsMany times you will hear piercings referred to as “horizontal” or “vertical”. While these terms may sound intuitive, it’s not always clear what they mean. The confusion becomes even bigger when you take jewelry into account.

Many jewelry pieces are made for only one style of piercing (vertical or horizontal) and they simply don’t look great in the other type. Even worse, certain jewelry types can’t be used for a style of piercing they are not made for.

In order to avoid confusion and to be able to tell a difference easily, it’s important to understand the difference between vertical and horizontal piercings.

Piercing Direction

Whether a piercing will be considered horizontal or vertical depends on its direction and position on the body. This is true for both the piercing hole (the direction of the needle) and jewelry worn in a specific piercing.

The two most common directions are horizontal and vertical. They are mostly intuitive and easy to understand:

  • Horizontal piercings are done horizontally on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from left to right. Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from left to right. Examples: typical nipple piercings, septum piercing, Ampallang.
  • Vertical piercings are done vertically on the body part that is pierced. The needle goes from top to bottom (up and down). Same goes for jewelry: it is positioned from up to down. Examples: typical navel piercing, vertical clitoral hood piercing, Apadravya.

Keep in mind that these directions are not the only ones possible. It’s possible, though rarer, to make a piercing under an angle. This type of diagonal piercings produce a unique look. They are mostly done on ears or navel. For example, diagonal Industrial Piercing may be taken as one of these, though keep in mind that it is, strictly speaking, two piercings in one. Each of the individual piercings that make an Industrial Piercing will typically be ordinary horizontal or vertical piercings, only done at an angle that when combined together, creates a diagonal look.

Another example of a diagonal piercing is eyebrow piercing. While it’s typically considered a horizontal piercing (unless it’s clearly vertical), it’s important to note that eyebrow piercings are often done at a slight angle.

Inside and Out

This divide into horizontal and vertical piercings may seem neat when it comes to piercings where both holes are outside the body. But what about those where only one of the holes is visible on the outside?

For example, many lip piercings, nose piercings and other facial piercings are of this kind. One side of the hole (and jewelry) lies outside of the body while the other one is on the inside. In the case of lip piercings, one hole is on the outside of the lip while the other one is inside the mouth. In the case of a nostril piercing, one hole is outside on the nostril while the one is on the inside.

This sort of placement is characteristic for these types of piercings. So, are these considered vertical or horizontal? There is no universal way to answer this question, especially since it’s often not mentioned how directions are called in the case of these piercings. However, conventional wisdom and piercing practice often treat this piercing types as horizontal piercings.

Yes, they go from inside to the outside rather than left-right, but they can be considered horizontal when it comes to practical aspects. Most importantly, they are defined as “non-vertical”. This is important, because most of these lip and nose piercings have their vertical variant, which is a special type of piercing. With a vertical variant, the hole goes from top to bottom and both ends of the piercing (and both decorative balls) are seen outside of the body.

For example, a typical labret piercing will have the ball outside of the lip but the other end of the jewelry will be inside the mouth. Vertical labret, on the other hand, typically uses barbells and both ends of the barbell (with balls) are seen. This is because, unlike typical labret piercing, a vertical labret will have both holes on the outside of the lip.

Horizontal and Vertical Jewelry

What does it mean for jewelry? While many jewelry pieces can be worn in both vertical and horizontal piercings, some pieces are made for only one type. Furthermore, some pieces are made for piercings that go from inside out (like typical lip piercings or nostril piercings). All these differences often mean a specialized jewelry has to be worn.

Also, some jewelry types are made in two variants, horizontal and vertical. It usually depends on the decoration. Sometimes, the placement of the decorative bead or a gem, dangles or charms will depend on the horizontal or vertical orientation. In these cases it’s important to remember the direction of the piercing and to request either horizontal or vertical variant of the jewelry you wish to buy.

Tongue Jewelry Styles

Tongue Piercing JewelryTongue piercing is among the most common piercing types. It’s also the most common oral piercing many people like to have. If done right, it can be very effective.

Also, many people claim the procedure itself is not so complicated no painful as they expected. All these reasons make people choose this piercing type in large numbers.

Once you have a tongue piercing, the next thing to think about is tongue jewelry. A common misconception is that tongue jewelry has to be simple and boring. Nothing can be further from the truth! You can use very stylish tongue jewelry if you wish so.

Tongue Jewelry Basics

Tongue jewelry is any jewelry used for tongue piercings, regardless of placement. Appropriate tongue jewelry should take into account the nature of this piercing. Namely, tongue piercing is an oral piercing and it’s located inside a person’s mouth.

The jewelry should be smooth enough to be comfortable so it doesn’t cause problems during everyday activities. In the case of a tongue piercing, these “everyday activities” are, first and foremost, talking and eating. Your tongue jewelry has to accommodate these tasks and to make talking and eating problem-free.

Another activities you may choose to do with your pierced tongue are kissing and oral sex. Tongue piercing jewelry can help you make both of these things even more exciting and enjoyable. On the other hand, improper tongue jewelry can pose a problem or hurt your partner in the process.

For these reasons, it’s important to wear only jewelry suitable for tongue piercing. While there is no unique jewelry type made for tongue piercings only, there are several common jewelry types that are good for this type of piercing.

Common Jewelry Types

There are several jewelry types commonly used for tongue piercing. These are made to be safe, body-friendly and allow you to talk and eat normally (not to mention they are suitable for other kinds of activities you may wish to do with your tongue).

The most common jewelry types for tongue piercing include:

  • Straight Barbells. Straight barbells are probably the most common jewelry type for this kind of piercing. A good barbell for a tongue piercing is the one that is completely smooth. Smooth jewelry is very comfortable to wear and it doesn’t interfere with eating, talking and other activities you wish to do with your tongue. In case you want to use straight barbells, keep in mind that they have to be made of a body-friendly material. Medical-grade jewelry works best because it’s completely safe and suitable to be used inside the body. When choosing a straight barbell for your tongue piercing, it’s best to go with 316LVM Surgical Steel or Titanium barbells.
  • Decorated Barbells. Technically, these barbells are also straight barbells but we gave them their own category to show that you can use jewelry that is not completely simple and plain. However, in order for your decorated barbell to work, it still has to follow some rules. First of all, it has to be made of a body-friendly material. Another thing to keep in mind is that a decoration should not be such to harm your tongue or inside of your mouth. This is why colored barbells (such as anodized Titanium barbells) or barbells with a small gem or other decoration work better than richly ornamented jewelry pieces.
  • Labrets. While labrets are typically used for lip piercings, you may wish to use them for your tongue. Labrets tend to be smaller than straight barbells so they are lighter and easier to wear. However, keep in mind that your labret still has to be long enough to accommodate your piercing. Labrets are smooth and simple in design, but they usually have a decorated top. This is a great way to have a simple yet cute jewelry piece for your tongue piercing.
  • Captive Bead Rings. They are generally popular jewelry pieces, but they are used for tongue piercings sparingly. Some people find it difficult to insert CBR into their tongue piercing. On the other hand, there are many people who absolutely love them and prefer them over any other jewelry type for their tongue piercing. In case you wish to use a CBR for your tongue piercing, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate piercing.
  • Special Jewelry Types. There are many special jewelry types you may wish to wear in your tongue piercing. For example, tongue retainers are great for concealing and keeping your piercing at times when you can’t wear your jewelry. French Tickler is a great addition for your jewelry and an excellent way to improve your sex life. Just place one of those tickler on your tongue piercing and your oral sex technique will instantly become amazing.

Kuno Piercing

Kuno PiercingThe Kuno Piercing is a male genital piercing done on the foreskin. It is a relatively simple and painless procedure and it makes for a very unique piercing. Only men who are not circumcised can get a Kuno piercing.

Kuno piercing is not just a simple foreskin piercing. It is done on the precise spot on the foreskin, just under the end of the foreskin near the penis head. Since the hole is made on this spot, and due to the position of the jewelry, this piercing resembles a Prince Albert piercing, but only from afar.

The Procedure

Almost any man who is not circumcised can get a Kuno piercing. The procedure itself is quick and doesn’t hurt much, so even those who are not fans of complex piercings can get this one. If the idea of a penis piercing scares you, consider a foreskin piercing instead. You may also use it as an introduction to other, more complex genital piercings. Not to mention that jewelry looks really nice and it draws attention to your penis.

The Kuno piercing is typically made on the part of the foreskin just under the penis head. The piercing is made in such a way that the jewelry enters through the foreskin and exits through the open end of the foreskin. This way, only one hole is needed to have this piercing, since the piercing uses the natural opening in the foreskin as the exit hole.

The Kuno piercing typically doesn’t lead to complications, but you need to be careful. The piercing should be done deeply enough so it won’t get rejected. You should also follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Just because this is not a complex piercing doesn’t mean you should forget about proper aftercare!

Jewelry

There are many jewelry types suitable for Kuno piercing. Captive Bead Rings and other similar rings are among the most common jewelry types used for this piercing. They are simple yet elegant, and they fit this piercing perfectly. D Rings are particularly good because they sit well against the skin and they are very comfortable to wear.

Another good choice are circular barbells. They are good because their shape allows them to move freely inside your piercing.

In case your new piercing is very sensitive, it’s best to wear soft jewelry that is not made of metal. Keep in mind that your chosen material has to be suitable for new piercings.

Additional Information

  • In order to keep your Kuno piercing clean, make sure to keep the genital area cool and dry.
  • Don’t wear tight underwear that might hurt the piercing by rubbing against it.
  • The healing time of this piercing is between 2 and 12 weeks.
  • After the piercing is done, you should abstain from strenuous sexual activity that might tear the piercing.
  • If you notice any sign of infection, act immediately. You don’t want the infection to spread to the urinary tract.
  • The jewelry used should be of large enough gauge to prevent piercing migration and rejection.

Transverse Lobe Piercing

Transverse LobeAre you a fan of ear piercings? There are so many interesting options to try. For those who appreciate simplicity with a touch or originality, a Transverse Lobe piercing may be the best way to go.

This piercing is simple yet effective. It uses the most commonly pierced body part – earlobe, but in a truly unique way. If you want to have a really interesting earlobe piercing, this one might be the right thing for you.

Procedure and Placement

Transverse lobe piercing is done on the earlobe. However, unlike the conventional earlobe piercing (which is the most popular piercing in the world), this type of piercing is done horizontally through the earlobe. While the usual way to pierce an earlobe is to go from front to back, a Transverse Lobe piercing goes a long way horizontally through the lobe.

As such, it creates a longer piercing hole and requires different jewelry types than a traditional earlobe piercing. However, it’s still a lobe piercing so it’s easy to perform and it’s almost pain-free.

The biggest advantage of a Transverse Lobe piercing is that you get a really cool and unique piercing with minimum pain. Keep in mind that this piercing doesn’t go through cartilage. It makes for a very quick and easy procedure that is not particularly uncomfortable.

The procedure is usually done freehand (without clamps). This is necessary due to the placement and length of the tissue that needs to be pierced. For these reasons, your piercer may use a receiving tube.

The procedure might be different for people with attached earlobes than for those with unattached. Those with unattached earlobes will typically be pierced with a straight needle while those with attached earlobes will be pierced with a curved needle. This may also influence the choice of jewelry.

Typically, a Transverse Lobe piercing is done with a 14 gauge or 16 gauge needle, which means you will need the same size of the jewelry.

Jewelry

The most popular jewelry type for Transverse Lobe is a barbell, either straight or curved. The balls of the barbell will lie on the opposite sides of your earlobe. Simple, elegant barbells work the best but you may also opt for more decorated options.

Typically, people with unattached earlobes will wear straight barbells in their piercing. Those with attached earlobes should opt for curved barbells.

You can get a Transverse Lobe piercing even if you already have a conventional lobe piercing. It looks particularly great for those who have a stretched lobe piercing. In these cases, the needle will go straight through your soft tunnels or plugs. Of course, flesh tunnels provide a much better visual effect and are recommended for this piercing combination.

If you prefer to wear metal flesh tunnels or large gauge jewelry made of another hard material, it’s possible to drill holes in the jewelry to accommodate a barbell for Transverse Lobe piercing, but this is, of course, more expensive and difficult to achieve.

Additional Info

  • In part, this type of piercing will depend on the anatomy of your earlobe. People will attached earlobes will get a slightly different placement and might want to wear a different type of jewelry than people with unattached earlobes.
  • The piercing hole is relatively long and there’s a lot of tissue to be pierced. Despite all of this, a Transverse lobe piercing is one of the least painful piercings you can get.
  • It’s possible to stretch a Transverse lobe piercing but you need to be careful. There is no much tissue to be stretched so you need to go slowly in order not to damage the tissue.
  • Transverse Lobe piercings heal quickly and usually pose no problems. Abscesses are the most common issues you may encounter. In order to prevent these problems, make sure to perform aftercare instructions carefully. They will help you avoid potential infections. Proper aftercare is also important to avoid migration and rejection.
  • The healing time for a Transverse Lobe piercing is around 2-3 months, though it may last as long as 10 months.
  • Since this type of piercing will require a barbell with a significant portion inside the tissue it’s vital to only wear jewelry made of body-friendly materials. Also, make sure that your jewelry barbell is long enough to accommodate your piercing.

Hafada Piercing

Hafada PiercingA Hafada piercing is a male genital piercing done on the scrotum. It can be done anywhere on the surface of the scrotum, but it’s important to note that the piercing itself includes only skin and not the tissue itself. In short, a Hafada piercing is a surface piercing. It should never penetrate deep into the scrotum.

Those who wish to have piercings deep into scrotum should opt for transscrotal procedures. These are completely different piercing types and they typically include the scrotum tissue. Hafada piercing, on the other hand, involves only the scrotum skin.

Hafada Piercing

Hafada is done relatively easily, since it includes only skin on the surface of the scrotum. The only thing the piercer and the client should agree about is the placement. Hafada can be placed almost anywhere on the scrotum.

Since the skin on the scrotum is loose and flexible, Hafada piercings are prone to migration, rejection and other problems associated with surface piercings.

Also, many men choose to get multiple Hafada piercings so they can wear multiple jewelry pieces on their scrotum. These multiple Hafadas are sometimes made as an extension of a frenum ladder piercing. Multiple Hafada piercings can make a very effective scrotal ladder.

Typical jewelry for a Hafada piercing is a Captive Bead Ring, a Curved Barbell or a Straight Barbell. When choosing your jewelry, it’s important to pick jewelry type that is the most comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for you.

Additional Information

  • Hafada piercing is relatively painless because the skin is very elastic. The procedure is fast and doesn’t bring much discomfort.
  • Keep in mind that a Hafada piercing can easily be irritated, due to the placement. Lack of ventilation can make the piercing difficult to heal.
  • When choosing a placement for a Hafada piercing, it’s important not to hurt the tissue under the skin in any way. It can be dangerous and lead to numerous problems.
  • The minimum gauge to be pierced with is 12. Smaller gauges are not recommended, and larger gauges are common with Hafada piercing.
  • Hafada piercings can be done both horizontally and vertically on the scrotum.

Additional Tips for Choosing Tongue Jewelry

Tongue JewelryTongue piercing is very popular so it’s not surprising there are many beautiful jewelry pieces made for this piercing type. When choosing good tongue jewelry, however, there are certain things to keep in mind.

Your chosen jewelry piece should not only be elegant and effective. It should also be appropriately sized and made of body-friendly materials. In fact, these things are more important than the looks, so it’s something you need to focus on when choosing your tongue jewelry.

Here are some of the most important things to pay attention to:

Tongue Jewelry Sizes

While there are many different tongue jewelry sizes and designs to choose from, there are some standard sizes you will probably use. Keep in mind that tongue piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, which means it’s probably the jewelry size you will need.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of the jewelry. Since tongue jewelry typically uses straight barbells, the length of the jewelry will be the length of the barbell between the balls. Typically, initial tongue jewelry will be a 7/8 inch straight barbell. It will be later changed to a smaller barbell. The initial barbell has to be longer to account for swelling.

Once the swelling is gone you should get your proper tongue jewelry. Typical tongue jewelry will be a straight barbell 5/8 inches in length.

However, keep in mind that this is just a standard side. A lot will depend on your individual anatomy. For example, you might need to keep 7/8 inch long barbell, or you may opt for a different length.

It’s also possible that you will get pierced with a needle that is not 14 gauge. In this case, you will need jewelry of an appropriate gauge. It’s always vital to know the gauge you are pierced with because this is the only way to choose the right jewelry.

Tongue Jewelry Materials

Another important thing to keep in mind are jewelry materials. There are many cheap jewelry pieces offered out there, often made of dubious materials. While it’s always important to use jewelry made only of high-quality, body-friendly materials, it becomes even more vital when it comes to oral piercings.

Why? Oral piercings are inside your mouth and they come in contact with the inside of your body, so it’s absolutely vital to use only medical-grade and safe body jewelry. This is non-negotiable. You need body-friendly jewelry materials for your tongue piercing.

Luckily, there are many good materials for your tongue piercing to choose from, but you need to know where to look. Some of the best tongue materials include:

  • Surgical Steel
  • Titanium
  • Gold

When choosing jewelry made of these materials, however, make sure they are all made of medical-grade materials and not their cheaper variants. For example, steel should never be stainless steel. You need to use Surgical Steel, preferably the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel.

When it comes to titanium, this is generally a safe material, but it’s best to stick to the high-quality, medical-grade titanium for your tongue piercing.

Finally, if you choose jewelry made of gold, make sure that the gold chosen is body-friendly. Stay away from any gold containing nickel. Nickel is very dangerous and can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is always dangerous but it’s even more alarming in the case of tongue piercings.

When to Change Jewelry?

Another thing to keep in mind is the healing period. It’s very important to know when it’s safe to change your tongue jewelry. If you violate these tips you are risking infections and other problems.

Generally speaking, you will want to change your tongue jewelry at least once or twice. The first time is shortly after getting it done. Chances are that your initial jewelry will be longer, to account for swelling. You should change your jewelry to a shorter barbell once the initial healing is over. It’s always best to ask your piercer to do this for you.

After this, you should wait until your piercing is fully healed to change the jewelry again. Once your piercing is healed you can change your tongue jewelry whenever you want.

Hiding Your Lip Piercing

Lucite Labret Retainers

Lucite Labret Retainers

Lip piercings are beautiful and attractive. One great thing about this piercing type is that it’s both very stylish and discreet. Typical lip piercing jewelry is simple yet elegant. It’s rarely too big or richly ornamented so it’s not distracting. Simple labrets and small rings are among the most popular jewelry types for lip piercings.

If any piercing can be called “discreet yet attractive”, it is sure lip piercing. All variants of lip piercings fall into this category. It’s not surprising that these piercings are so popular: they are cute, beautiful and rarely distracting.

However, there might be a time when you’ll have to hide your lip piercing. Perhaps your boss doesn’t allow piercings or maybe you need to be in a situation where lip piercings are inappropriate. What to do in such a situation?

Hiding Your Piercing

Despite being small and discreet, lip piercings are sometimes considered inappropriate. Most of the time, it’s because your boss or your professors don’t allow any piercings to be worn. While lip piercings are typically small and jewelry is rarely too huge to be distracting, some bosses and other authority figures believe that they should not be used during work or classes.

Another reason why you might want to hide your piercing is because of a special occasion. There are some situations in which any piercing, even the most discreet one, is considered inappropriate.

Finally, there are some situations in which wearing a lip piercing might be uncomfortable and unpractical, on top of being forbidden. Hospitals, dentist appointments and airports are just some of the situations in which you won’t be able to wear your lip piercing.

In all these situations the best idea is to hide your piercing the best you can. Taking out the jewelry is not recommended because your piercing will start to heal, which will make inserting jewelry uncomfortable or even impossible. You should never take the jewelry out unless you wish to retire your piercing. So, the only possible solution is to hide your lip piercing the best you can.

How to Do It: Ideas

Here are a few quick ideas on how to hide your lip piercing effectively and without any damage:

  • Use a retainer. Lip piercing (labret) retainers work wonders for hiding your piercing. These are soft, translucent jewelry pieces you can easily insert in your piercing. Such a jewelry piece will be basically invisible, so you can go to work or classes with it. It will keep your piercing so you can switch to regular lip jewelry once you get home. Another advantage to retainers is that they are typically made of non-metal materials so they can be used in all situations where metal jewelry just wouldn’t be suitable.
  • Cover it. Probably the simplest solution is to simply cover your lip piercing with something. Since lip piercing jewelry is typically small and discreet, it’s not so difficult to cover it. You may cover your jewelry with foundation, a flesh-colored powder or another makeup item. Alternatively, you may simply use a band aid to cover your jewelry. If you decide to go this route, cut a small part of the band aid to cover the jewelry. You don’t need to place the whole band aid on your piercing.
  • Turn the jewelry upside down. Another common trick is to turn the jewelry in the other direction. Meaning, you will put the ball inside your mouth and the flat, more discreet part on the outside. This will make your lip piercing less noticeable. Please note, however, that this may be uncomfortable.