When New York–based piercer Maria Tash set up residency in Liberty London, forcing the It bags out of their prime position on the store's ground floor, we knew piercing was trending. That was in 2016 and our affinity for piercings has yet to wane. Which is why we're bringing you the need-to-know on everything from pain and placement to healing time, plus whether the piercing you're lusting after will even suit your ear. In the first installment, we're talking daith piercings. And to gather all the intel, we called on Peter Monckton, piercer at Maria Tash, to walk us through it.
What Is A Daith Piercing?
A daith piercing is a hoop that hugs the cartilage on the inside your ear.
Okay, for starters, how do you pronounce "daith"?
I've always pronounced it like "faith," but within the last four years, people have been pronouncing it "doth," which is apparently how Erik Dakota, who originally came up with the idea of piercing the crux of the helix (the anatomical area of the ear), pronounced it.
It is in an awkward position—does this make the piercing more painful?
For the piercer, it can take skill—it's maybe a little more fiddly whilst installing the jewelry—but it's not especially painful.
Is the piercing comparable to, say, a helix?
Where a helix is a sharp nip, a daith is more of a dull pressure.
Does the daith piercing suit certain types of ear shapes, sizes, face shapes or hairstyles?
Ear shape—specifically anatomically—will dictate if it's possible to pierce. But otherwise, I think most people suit a daith.
What type of piercing do you pierce with—hoop or bar?
This is one of the few piercings we do encourage ring-style jewelry for.
How long does it typically take to heal? Is it painful to sleep on?
On average, around six to nine months. We don't encourage sleeping on new piercings until they've fully healed, but unlike some of the outer-ear piercings, with this one, most people can sleep on it within a couple of months.
What does the aftercare involve?
A twice-daily cleanse with a sterile saline wound wash and good flush in the shower, but most importantly, NO twisting!
Are daith piercings more expensive?
No more than any other inner-ear cartilage. [Ed. note: At Maria Tash in NYC, a daith piercing costs $30 but does include the jewelry.]
I've heard daith piercings can help with migraines; is there any truth in this?
Whilst there are reports of it helping, I believe this may be a placebo effect. There is no medical evidence to support the claims.
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