Helix piercing

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Helix piercing
Captive bead ring.jpg
NicknamesCartilage ring
JewelryCaptive bead ring, stud
Healing6 to 12 months

The helix piercing is a perforation of the helix or upper ear cartilage for the purpose of inserting and wearing a piece of jewelry. The piercing itself is usually made with a small gauge hollow piercing needle, and typical jewelry would be a small diameter captive bead ring, or a stud.[1]

Sometimes, two helix piercings hold the same piece of jewelry, usually a barbell, which is called an industrial piercing.

Healing experience[edit]

The information that helix piercings do not have nerve endings and do not hurt is completely false. They do hurt like any other cartilage piercing and bumping or tugging on them by accident during healing can be extremely painful. However, when they are left alone and not being irritated or touched, they typically do not hurt at all. Being careful of shifting the piercing at all during healing, which can take 6 to 9 months, is essential.


  1. ^ Edwards, Jess (13 December 2018). "Everything you need to know about helix piercings". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 6 November 2019.