Daith piercing was first performed in 1992. It was created by piercer Erik Dakota and his client, who named the piercing “da’at” (“knowledge” in Hebrew). It was popularized in Fakir Musafar’s Body Play Magazine and it became one of the most unique ear piercing types.
Daith is characterized by its placement. Since the pierced area is small, there are not many variations of the placement. It has to be done on the innermost cartilage fold, right above the ear canal.
While it’s not a highly complex piercing, Daith poses some challenge and a lot of skill to perform, because it’s located at a curvy part of the ear. The area to pierce is also very limited, which makes it tricky to pierce. However, it’s not a challenge for an experienced piercer so you shouldn’t worry about it. The key is to find a piercer who is experienced with this type of piercing so you know you’re in good hands.
The piercing itself is typically performed with a special curved needle, though some piercers choose to use a straight hollow piercing needle. If straight needle is used it may pose a bit of discomfort later, since the typical jewelry worn in the Daith piercing is curved.
Since this part of the ear is small it’s impossible to wear big or richly ornamented jewelry. This is why most people opt for more discreet and simple jewelry piece. While the piercing is done with a curved or a straight needle, most people choose to wear curved jewelry in this piercing.
Typical jewelry for Daith piercing is a curved barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. Jewelry is typically small in dimensions, though it can be done in distinctive shapes (such as hearts, moon and other designs). Many people opt for rings of various types, such as Screwball Rings or, more rarely, Seamless Rings.
Additional Info and Tips
- There is some confusion on how to pronounce “daith”. There are two common ways: “day-th” and “doth” (more correct).
- Typical healing time for a Daith piercing is 3 to 9 months.
- For a true Daith, the piercing has to be done in such a way that the bottom part of the jewelry appears to come directly out of the ear canal. If you can see both holes (entrance and exit), it’s not considered a “true Daith” piercing. However, most of the piercings performed today do not strictly follow these guidelines.
- Most people can get a Daith piercing, but it does depend on your anatomy. In case you have too small piece of the cartilage above the ear canal you might not be able to get this piercing. If in doubt, consult your piercer.
- The placement within the ear protects the piercing and jewelry, which makes Daith piercing less problematic than other cartilage piercing types.
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