Daith piercings are a relatively new piercing that is just coming into mainstream fashion. It is also sometimes called an “earlobe piercing,” but it goes farther back than just your ear. We consider the daith piercing to be a part of the ear-piercing family and we'll love to share the beauty of faith piercings jewelry with you.
The daith piercing is a piercing that's done on the small cartilage which runs towards the ear canal. You can also get both sides of your ears pierced with this type of trending fashion if you want! What's more, this style of piercing has been growing in popularity over the past few years because many people believe, it helps with migraines.
Wow! As you can see, there's a lot to unpack about daith piercings such as their cost, relationship with migraines, pain and healing time, and the best jewelry pieces that you can wear. Everything you need to know before getting one yourself.
Let's dive in!
What Is A Daith Piercing?
Many experts state that the daith piercing originated in 1922 when a customer of Erik Dakota requested that he pierced her innermost cartilage. They then coined the Hebrew word “daith”, pronounced “doth” meaning knowledge alluding that Erik was very ‘knowledgeable’ about how to work with such a difficult area,
Another fun theory is that the daith piercing takes its name from a Christian saint who had a vision about his ear being pierced by an angel with a golden spear to cure headaches and other ailments.
Regardless, the daith piercing is a relatively new creation, but it has been around for quite some time now and there are strong opinions on both sides of its purpose. Some people swear by its power to help reduce migraine pain, while others say that it adds nothing more than an interesting decoration to your earlobes.
Because of this controversy surrounding the daith piercing’s effectiveness as a treatment option for migraines, we recommend talking to a doctor before trying out this style if you suffer from severe migraines or other issues related to regular headaches and/or facial pains.
Where Does A Daith Piercing Start And End?
The easiest way I can explain this is if you draw two circles on your ear, the innermost circle is where this piercing starts. Then it runs around your ear in a circular pattern until it ends at that same innermost cartilage fold of the ear, found right above the ear canal.
Here is a picture to help you visualize it:
Pain & Healing Time For Daith Piercings
A daith piercing may not be for you if your biggest fear of getting piercings is pain or needles! The only reason we're bringing this up is that some people have gotten their ears pierced here and say they were in excruciating pain when being done. On the other hand, many others do not feel any discomfort during their procedure.
Also, keep in mind that these types of piercings require multiple holes to be made in your ear. This makes it that much harder to complete the piercing, which can increase possible pain levels for you too!
On top of all this, because it is an innermost cartilage fold piercing on both sides of your ears, there are two potential areas where swelling will occur for up to a week after getting pierced. Because the piercings go deep into your skin and muscles, they take longer to heal. This means you may be stuck with swollen ears for quite some time before being able to change out any old jewelry if needed!
Healing time for daith piercings can take up to 9 months, and if they’re not cared for correctly, you can increase that time even longer.
AfterCare of Daith Piercings
So aftercare of daith piercings is also important when it comes to healing a new piercing – especially one as sensitive as this one!
Here's what we recommend that you should ensure that your new daith piercing heals well:
- Clean the ear with mild antibacterial soap, hot water, or saline solution about 2-3 times a week.
- Never touch the piercing with dirty hands, always wash your hands before dealing with your piercings.
- Never use alcohol to clean the piercing, it will only irritate it.
- Swap out for clean pillowcases, linens, or even head scarfs regularly to stop the spread of bacteria.
- Resist the urge to play, fiddle with, or even fully removing your new piercing, just allow it to heal properly.
- Avoid spraying near your piercings with hairsprays, perfume, lotion, or other harmful chemicals.
- Last, but most important, always get your new piercings done at a reputable piercing studio.
Daith Piercings + Migraines: What's the Relationship?
Studies have shown that there is zero relationship between daith piercings and migraines. However, many people swear by it and acupuncturists tend to stick pins around these pressure points for relief of headaches and migraines.
However, there's no guarantee that a daith piercing will relieve your headaches. That's why we recommend that you speak to your doctor first if you're planning to get a daith piercing, especially if you suffer from migraines.
Cost of a Daith Piercing
The price for daith piercings can vary depending on your location and where you go to get the work done! Plus, the prices can differ depending on what kind of jewelry you use. This style is not common in most piercing parlors, but it’s becoming more popular with time as people discover its benefits for their migraines.
We recommend doing your research about the top piercings salons that also specialize in daith piercings. That way, you can rest assured that you're in the hands of professionals.
Side Effects Of Daith Piercings
While Daith piercings are a relatively safe style, there is always some risk involved when getting pierced. You can avoid most issues by doing your research and finding an experienced local professional to perform the work on you!
As with any piercing, scar tissue or infection risks can develop over time if you don’t properly care for the area post-piercing. Some people find that they have increased sensitivity or even pain in their earlobes after getting this style done. Discuss these potential side effects with your piercing studio before making any choices about whether this piercing will be right for you!
Best Jewelry For Daith Piercings
Daith earrings can range between 12-16 gauge depending on where you go later down the road when deciding how large or small your jewelry should end up being. Most piercing studios will use surgical steel or titanium when it comes to piercing the ear in this spot since both are known for being safe and hypoallergenic.
This type of jewelry is great because it won’t cause any irritation on your skin later down the road, which means you don’t have to worry about removing and replacing these types if they become uncomfortable during healing.
You can go with a small stud that just has one ball at the end or something larger depending on what style looks best! Just remember that anything smaller than 14 gauge may not be strong enough to hold up against daily activity much longer without breaking completely, so thicker gauged metals should work better in most cases when trying out daith piercings.
If you need more information, feel free to talk with us or your local piercing studio.
Read More: A Guide to Earring Styles & Trends for 2021
Here are a few earrings you can choose to use after your new piercing has full healed:
Dying To Get Your Own Daith Piercings & Jewelry?
Daith piercings are a relatively new style, but they have been gaining popularity lately for being so fabulous. Before jumping on make sure you do your research and talk with us or your local piercing studio for more information
If you're looking for earrings after healing time is up, we recommend using surgical steel or titanium since both types are hypoallergenic and won’t cause irritation on the skin like other metals may do over time.