- A Daith piercing will fit any style!
- Your daith piercing will be 100% unique to you.
- As piercings go, a daith piercing is not expensive.
- Daith piercings are easy to take care of and aren’t “fussy.”
- Your daith is less painful to get pierced than other parts of your ear.
- The rumors are true: a daith piercing may help ease migraines!
Like any product or clothing item, piercings have their trends, too! A Daith piercing (some pronounce it “dayth;” others pronounce it “doth”) will always be at the top of the list of our must-have ear candy. Start at your fleshy ear lobes and trace the outside of your ear cartilage up and around.
Find that thick piece of cartilage that stretches across to the other side of your ear; the inner part of the bottom of that curve is where your daith piercing will go! If you’re having trouble finding it, don’t worry. Everyone’s ear anatomy is different (more on that later), but just about everyone has this little spot, and your piercer will know exactly where it is! You can’t go wrong with a Daith piercing. It looks good on everyone!
If you’re on the fence about getting a Daith piercing, or if you’re nervous about taking the plunge, don’t worry! You may have some questions, and that’s a totally normal part of the pre-piercing jitters. We’re here to ease your mind with a list of just a few of the reasons why you should rock a Daith piercing, plus some tips that will help you along your healing journey!
A Daith piercing will fit any style!
Don’t assume that a Daith piercing “just isn’t my style.” Besides looking just stone-cold cool, there’s daith jewelry for every vibe, personality, and occasion! On a basic level, daith hoops come in every color of the rainbow. There are the usual suspects like silver, gold, and rose gold, but there are also black, white, green, hot pink.
You have a world of options at your feet! There are daith hoops that are sparkly, pearly, spiky, or studded. You can even find daith hoops that feature animals! Make your hoop as plain or as fancy as you want. And by the way, there’s a huge market for body jewelry, even for ear jewelry alone, so you’ll never run out of options!
Pro tip: Piercing 101: don’t remove your starter jewelry too soon! It will be tempting, but if you change the jewelry prematurely, your piercing may not heal properly. It’s worth the wait! Also, remember to ask your piercer what size the starter jewelry is so that your next piece is the correct size and won’t irritate your piercing.
Your daith piercing will be 100% unique to you.
Everyone’s ears are anatomically different; no two sets of ears are the same! Your piercer will spend a few minutes checking out the structure of the ear you’ve chosen to pierce. He or she will make sure that the placement and orientation of your daith piercing work around your specific ear anatomy, so your piercing will be entirely exclusive to you. Add in the jewelry you love, and no daith piercings will ever look alike. You’ll have something that no one else will be able to copy.
Your daith piercing is completely your own. Who knows—your new piercing and the jewelry you choose for it may become part of your signature look!
Pro tip: It’s rare, but some ears are more difficult to pierce than others. Before you commit to a piercing appointment, see if your piercer will do a quick consultation first. This will help if you’re especially nervous. The piercer can go over the process with you, and you can even take the opportunity to look at jewelry options if they sell some in-house.
As piercings go, a daith piercing is not expensive.
Of course, the price will vary from shop to shop. Some shops include the price of your jewelry with the price of the piercing. You’re looking at anywhere from $35-$85. We know that’s a big range, but not all shops sell high-end body jewelry. If your shop only sells basic starter jewelry, then you’re looking at the lower end of this price range.
For the safety of you and your piercing, even the starter pieces will be made of high-grade, hypoallergenic stainless or surgical steel. As you climb up the price ladder, jewelry will be made of 14k gold or rose gold or sterling silver; you’ll find some that feature Swarovski crystals, gems, or opals. If it’s pretty or decorative, you can find it on daith jewelry!
Pro tip: Your head might spin with all of the jewelry options, and you might be drawn to the most tricked-out hoop on display, but honestly, the simplest jewelry is best for a fresh piercing. Go for a simple hoop while your daith piercing is healing (that doesn’t mean the hoop can’t be a unique color if your shop has that option!).
This way, your hoop won’t snag on clothing or stick out and accidentally get bumped. It’s also important that your jewelry has the freedom to move while your piercing is healing so that it can breathe. Hoops with a lot of spikes, studs, or crystals don’t always have that range of movement. Again, it’s worth the wait. Once your piercing is fully healed, you can get any insanely cool hoop you want!
Daith piercings are easy to take care of and aren’t “fussy.”
Any and every fresh piercing will feel tender or sore in the hours after you leave the shop, and perhaps a little into the next day—it comes with the territory. Healing time will be different for each person, but, in general, your daith will take 6-9 months to heal fully. All you need to do for your daith to heal is cleanse your ear with a sterile saline wash twice a day.
You should also let the water run over it in the shower. Your shop may even have their own cleaning solution or saline spray for healing piercings that you can purchase there. You should try not to sleep on it, but since your daith piercing is nestled within your ear, and given that you chose a simple hoop to start with, you may find that it won’t bother you to sleep on it after a couple of months.
If you do find yourself sleeping on it, keep in mind that your piercing needs to breathe, and suffocating it with a pillow definitely won’t help the healing process. Speaking of pillows, it’s a good idea to change your pillowcase more frequently when you’ve got a healing ear piercing. Pillowcases trap oil, dead skin cells, and other nasty things that could potentially get your piercing infected, and then you’ll be in a world of hurt. You could even lose your piercing!
Pro tip: Here’s another excerpt from Piercing 101: do not touch your piercing! Don’t fiddle with the hoop, don’t scratch it if it itches, and there’s no need to “turn” the jewelry. Your skin has an amazing ability to heal—just let your skin do its thing. No matter how much you wash your hands, there will always be bacteria on them—that’s just life. It isn’t a good practice to touch your piercing even after it’s fully healed.
Keeping your hands off when it’s fresh will help your piercing heal faster and more comfortably. You might feel little “crusties” start to form around the hole, and that is totally normal: this is a sign that your piercing is healing! But don’t try to remove any crust with your fingers or a Q-tip. The crust will fall out on its own or wash away in the shower.
Your daith is less painful to get pierced than other parts of your ear.
Sure, everyone’s pain tolerance is different. It’s generally agreed that a daith piercing hurts just slightly more than getting your ear lobes pierced. (And don’t worry—no piercing guns will be used!) Your daith piercing goes where there’s more cartilage, which means the piercing needle will meet a little more resistance. Some people say they feel pressure more than anything. A good piercer will talk you through the whole process and make you feel at ease.
Pro tip: In the moments before your piercing happens, you’ll surely feel some adrenaline pumping! Once your piercer is ready (after sterilizing everything), they will ask you to take a deep breath in, then let it out. As you’re breathing out, the piercing itself will be executed. It helps with your jitters to follow this instruction.
Breathing deeply in and out is a relaxation technique, and the act of breathing out occupies more of your brain than you think! Your mind won’t be so honed in and hyped up about the piercing itself. It’s a nice little parallel if you think about it; the needle goes in as the breath comes out. Listen to your piercer – they know what works!
The rumors are true: a daith piercing may help ease migraines!
You should know that this phenomenon has not been fully studied, and is not wholly backed by science, but there are real reports of daith piercings helping migraine sufferers. There is a special nerve, called the vagus nerve, that runs close to where your daith piercing will go. This nerve goes to the brain and other important organs. In some migraine sufferers, a daith piercing eases the vagus nerve, which, in turn, provides some migraine or headache relief. Think of it working like acupuncture. Some people swear by it; others don’t feel a difference. If you suffer from migraines or frequent headaches, give a daith piercing a try! Even if it doesn’t help your migraines, you still come away with a cool piercing!
Pro tip: Give your daith piercing a chance to heal before passing judgment on whether it’s helping your migraines or not. Remember, a fresh piercing will always be sore, and it has to heal fully before that potential can be released. If you’re not a big fan of taking pills, a daith piercing could potentially be a more holistic approach to easing migraines. So give it some time; whether it’s a placebo effect due to all the buzz about it or whether it works at a deeper level, who cares? Any amount of migraine relief helps.
Daith piercings will always be trendy. Call them timeless if you like! You won’t regret your daith piercing; there are so many reasons to say, “Yes!” A daith piercing isn’t expensive; it’s easy to take care of; there are endless ways to express yourself through versatile jewelry; your daith piercing will be completely unique to you, and your daith piercing could help get you some relief from migraines! It’s normal to be nervous before your piercing, but know that your piercer has your back!
They should explain the whole piercing process to you, and also get you all of the information and tools you need to get on the road to successful healing. After 6-9 months, you can enjoy finding the perfect daith hoop for you—there are endless options! If you take care of your piercing well, it’s a piece of art and self-expression that can last a lifetime! If you were on the fence about getting a daith piercing, we hope we’ve inspired you, answered some questions, and helped make your decision easy!