Ashley piercing is a lip piercing that is a variation of a more common vertical labret piercing. That being said, since vertical labret is also a relatively rare piercing, Ashley is considered a lesser common type of lip piercing. That being said, this is a very effective piercing type so there is no reason not to get one if you like how it looks.
Piercing and Placement
Technically speaking, Ashley piercing can be seen as an “inverse vertical labret”. With Ashley piercing, one of the ends of the jewelry (one bead) sits on top of the lower lip, while the other end of the piercing is inside the mouth. This is a variation of vertical labret piercing. With typical vertical labret, both ends of the jewelry sit outside of the body: one in the middle of lower lip and the other under the lower lip.
In this sense, Ashley is both a facial and oral piercing, similar to other lip piercings in which one end of the jewelry sits outside of the body and the other one is inside of the mouth.
Ashley is very effective and attractive because there is only one bead visible on the lip, while the other one is hidden.
Since the needle goes through relatively much tissue, Ashley piercings tend to be painful, but it’s manageable. However, they are definitely considered one of the more painful lip piercings, so keep that in mind if you wish to have this piercing done.
You can expect some swelling after the procedure, but it should go away in the following days. Just perform aftercare as instructed by your piercer and you should be fine. That being said, if the swelling persists and you encounter other problems, it would be for the best to consult your piercer.
Typical jewelry for Ashley piercing is a curved barbell. This one seems to work the best and provides the best comfort. It is also a very safe choice in terms of piercing health and preventing infections and other problems.
Another common jewelry type for this piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. If this jewelry type is used, the bead should be positioned to sit comfortably in the middle of the lower lip.
However, some other jewelry types are also possible, such as straight barbells or labrets (labret studs). When choosing jewelry for Ashley piercing, it is important to make sure that the jewelry is long enough to accommodate the piercing.
Straight barbells might be more comfortable if you choose to have your Ashley piercing off-center (and to the side). Some people choose to wear these side Ashley piercings in pairs, so it’s a very attractive choice.
Because of the swelling, some piercers recommend longer initial jewelry that has to be changed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, make sure that your piercer is the one to change your jewelry – never attempt to change initial jewelry on your own!
Additional Info and Tips
Ashley piercing is also known as Inverse Vertical Labret, so this might be the name your piercer will use.
The healing time for Ashley piercing is similar to that of the vertical labret: 8 to 10 weeks.
Ashley piercing is typically done at 16 gauge or 14 gauge, though there are some cases of piercings done at a bit larger gauges. Some piercers even use an 18 gauge needle for this piercing, but this might be too small to be comfortable for most users.
Ashley piercings tend to close up fast when the jewelry is removed. They will start to shrink after 15-20 minutes if you take your jewelry off, so keep that in mind.