Getting your tragus pierced

I’ve had my tragus pierced since I was 19 (so roughly 11 years ago now), and I still have people ask questions about it. Especially this time of year when I wear my hair up or pulled back so my ears are showing!

They’ll ask when I got it done and where, whether it hurt and how to take care of it., so I thought I’d talk about my experience and give a little insight into getting your tragus pierced.

A little piercing history

As soon as I left school (when I was 16) I got my helix pierced. It was something I’d always wanted to do but my school were very strict on body piercings, so I left it until after our leavers ball. There wasn’t any pain, but sadly it didn’t heal properly. ๐Ÿ™

After that initial piercing I wanted to learn more about the different piercings you could get, and my mum’s friend bought me a book on body piercing.

My initial reaction was to get my belly button pierced as that was the piercing everyone seemed to be getting at the time (~2009). But I wasn’t comfortable with my midriff and wanted something visible. So I chose my tragus which is the area located in front of your ear canal, right above you ear lobe (see below).

Left Ear Piercings
My left ear piercings

My mum’s friend recommended The Trinket Box in Swindon where she’d had all her ear piercings done and I popped down there with her the followimg weekend. Along with my mum my sister.

The staff there were very friendly and knowledgeable, which put me right at ease. My piercer even took a look at my helix piercing for me and advised it had been piercerd incorrectly, but it would heal in a year or so. He even offered to check on it for me when it was time to get my tragus piercing changed.

My sister came in with me for moral support, lol. We talked through colours with the piercer and ultimately decided on a green BCR (ball closure ring) with a purple ball to compliment the purple BCR in my helix.

Tip: Wear a loose necked top as your ear may be sore after the piercing and tie your hair back.

Getting your tragus pierced

The tragus piercing is done through cartilage with a needle and your piercer will first check whether or not yours is thick enough for the piercing. Lucikly mine was ๐Ÿ™‚ After this initial assessment my pierced cleaned the area (above and behind the tragus) with alcohol wipes.

Once heโ€™d cleaned me up, he held my ear near my helix piercing and gently pushed the needle straight through. There was a little blood which he needed to apply pressure on before putting the BCR through the hole. But that’s normal.

It hurt a little when the needle went through, and I do remember mouthing ‘ow’ to my sister at the time. My ear trobbed throughout the day and was tender when I touched it, but it eased off the following day.

Aftercare

Like with any piercing, itโ€™s important to look after it. I cleaned mine two to three timese a day (or three times to be extra cautious) with a saline or salt water solution applied with cotton wool. My piercer advised to turn the piercing gently to ensure the solution covered the whole area.

It is important to avoid playing with it and note that headphones could also irritate it. You will also need to be careful not to snag the piercing on your hair brush and avoid shampoo, conditioners or other hair care products getting into the hole while it’s healing. The tragus can take anywhere between two to six months to heal completely, depending on the person. Mine took four months.

So, how do I feel about it over 10 years later?

Honestly, I still love it and it’s my favourite piercing to date. I’m so glad I chose it over my belly button! I can easily hide it for work (or similar business events) with my hair and show it off if / when I want too.

Sadly The Trinket Box closed earlier this year. ๐Ÿ™ So I’m looking for alternative piercers for the others I have planned.

What piercings do you have? Would you ever consider getting your tragus pierced? Let me know in the comments. ๐Ÿ˜Š

26 thoughts on “Getting your tragus pierced

  1. I got my tragus pierced as a reward for doing well in my mock GCSEs when I was 15! So that was also 9 years ago for me. They did mine with a gun though, which I didn’t realise wasn’t right at the time. It’s grown out a little bit to the edge but I do love it. The only thing is I cannot change the earring for the life of me! I also have my helix on that side, then 2 lobes, with 6 holes all up the side of my other ear. I used to wear all of them but took some of them out and am now in the process of putting them back in and trying to get my ears used to them. I’ve always kept my tragus and helix in! I also have my nose pierced which I only got done last year, and that’s now my favourite!

    Char | charlotterick.com x

  2. Such awesome piercings. I would love to get another piercing. Tragus piercing was one of my list. Thank you for sharing your experience. Xx

  3. Great post. I feel like we all had the ‘should I get my belly button pierced’ thought at one point or another, but it’s ultimately not for everyone! I don’t know that I would still be in love with it today if I’d gone through with it, but I ADORE the helix piercing I got instead!

  4. This is a great insight! Thanks for sharing. On some days I’d love to have ear piercings but I react badly to anything that isn’t real gold or silver. Also I do a lot of sports so I am a bit at a risk of injury. Shame really, your piercings look great ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I only have my ears pierced but one got infected and scabbed. When the scab fell off the skin had grown over the ball so I had to go to hospital and have a general anaesthetic to remove it – never again! I’ll just stick to tattoos now ๐Ÿ™‚ Fascinating post, Kim, I enjoyed reading this! Lisa x

  6. I love your piercings! They look great and are such a cool form of self expression. I have three lobes and my nose done, and I’d love to do a helix, but I would rather prioritize more tattoos over piercings for the time being. Anyway, thanks for explaining your tragus piercing! Great post.

  7. I had my lobes done a couple of times but I react to some metals, and they keep on healing over so I’ve pretty much given up.
    I like the idea of piercings and I love them on other people, I’m just not so good with them myself and looking after them!

    • I had allergies to nickel based metals, so I can relate to this. The only jewellery (not just body jewellery) I can wear is pure sterling silver, gold (24k), platinum or titanium. If its a nickel allergy, and you want to give piercings another try, I’d recommend titanium body jewellery. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • I’m allergic to nickel based metals, so I can definitely relate. My body jewellery is either silver or titanium.

  8. God I remember in school there was a period where everyone got their tragus pierced! I never did but I think they look nice and I’d definitely opt for a little hoop if I had mine done!

    • I was the only one when I got mine, lol. It was all about belly button rings and eyebrow studs when I was in school.

  9. I absolutely loved this post. The fear of pain always makes me chicken out of getting piercings. I had my ears done when I was younger and Iโ€™m glad I got them then.
    The tragus is one Iโ€™d definitely consider. In fact, I really want it…

    Louisa

  10. You have such cool piercings! Iโ€™ve always loved the look of tragus piercings and I would love to get one, one day so I loved reading about your experience. How does it feel with earbuds after itโ€™s all healed? Thanks for the informative post!

  11. I’m such a huge fan of piercings and I’ve actually been considering getting a tragus piercing so this post literally came at the right time! I have 3 lobe piercings on both ears and a helix on my left ear haha, so a tragus seems like the next step! Thanks for sharing your tips for aftercare and your thoughts about it 10 years down the line too.

  12. I think I would love more ear piercings but honestly, I am such a wimp and just grateful that the eleven-year-old me got them done when I did. I don’t think I would get my tragus pierced but I think I would consider getting my helix done if I build up enough courage! Really insightful and interesting post – especially as someone with only one set of piercings.

  13. I got my Tragus done around 5/6 years ago now and I have loved it ever since. it healed quickly and is just something a little different x

  14. I have had multiple piercings over the years but the only ones I have kept have been the three I have in my ear lobes. I rebelled against my mother and had my tongue pierced at 16 but that was gone by 20, my cartilage piercings never healed unfortunately so they also went pretty quickly. The only other one that stood the test of time was my belly piercing but that grew over this year. I had to remove it as my tummy got bigger through pregnancy and now it has grown over. Part of me would love to have it done again and part of me thinks I’m too old now. I do love piercings though and I always think they look great on other people!

  15. I think the tragus is such an awesome piercing! I also had mine done a few years ago along with a helix piercing. I loved them both and thought they were really cool but found that using my iPhone headphones was really uncomfortable. In the end I picked music over the piercing but would love to get it back one day. How do you find using headphones with it? Ahh, reading this post makes me want to get my ear piercings back, although I’m not sure I’d get my lip or tongue done again, I feel too old now haha. Great post Kim! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  16. Oh wow, it’s great that your family (and their friends!) were so supportive of your piercings. Fairly certain mine wanted to disown me when I appeared with a nose piercing one day…

    I’ve got two piercings in each ear plus the nose (which has now mostly healed over) and think my days of piercings are probably over!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *