Choosing the Right Shop for Your Piercing
Getting a piercing doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience. If it’s your first time, you’ll definitely want to take your time and do some research on the type of piercing you want to get, but also the type of shop you’re getting it done at.
There are a few things you can look and check for when shopping around, so you won’t have to guess about what to know before you go. The first obvious step is to look at social media or business websites for reviews and testimonials regarding the business itself and its employees/artists.
While this shouldn’t be the “end all be all” verdict as to whether or not you should choose a particular shop, it pays to take heed to what the rest of the world is saying about a particular business.
After checking them out online, take a visit to the shops that interest you so that you can see them in person. Take notice of the cleanliness of the shop as well as the customer service presented to you when you walk in.
Aside from this, be sure to ask questions to your potential artist or one of the employees about what you can expect from a piercing. Don’t be afraid to ask the tougher questions, such as if the business has any relevant permits regarding the procedures you want done, or their overall experience. No matter what, you should always feel welcomed and treated well regardless of who you end up speaking to.
How to Sterilize Body Jewelry?
Perhaps the single most important aspect of any business’s credibility over the long term is making sure that all of their piercing equipment is sterilized properly. There are a number of machines that do this, as well as various procedures and chemical solutions that do the trick.
When you ask these questions to the artist, there should be a clear and obvious answer that alleviates any of your fears. If you have any doubt as to whether or not the equipment is sterile or taken care of properly, go somewhere else.
Personal Jewelry Sterilization Steps
If you already have body jewelry, you may be wondering how to clean and sterilize it yourself over time. You can do this pretty easily by boiling it in water for around five minutes or so. This will do wonders in getting rid of any harmful bacteria or materials on the jewelry itself.
You can also use a bleach-free cleaner to soak the jewelry in to disinfect it quicker if you’re low on time, but be sure that the chemical bath doesn’t contain any compounds that you’re allergic to.
What Brands of Jewelry do you Carry?
There are many different brands and types of body jewelry you can find at almost any shop. Whether you’re looking for naval rings for your belly button, tongue rings, or nose rings, you’ll be able to get exactly what you’re looking for if you shop around.
Take a look at prices online also, but be aware that there is a potential for you receive a cheaper knockoff that doesn’t contain the same quality of material as a name brand one. Always buy your body jewelry from a reputable dealer, and never buy it used. Ideally, the website will have a generous return policy in case you change your mind about a particular design.
Quality Versus Price
While name brand or popular types of body jewelry might seem like your best bet, sometimes it’s better shop in store for custom jewelry made of particular materials. Always ensure that you’re getting jewelry that you’re not allergic to, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about it if you’re unsure.
Different Materials to Look At
Different types of metals are used in jewelry design, so you’ll always have something for the kind of aesthetic you’re going for, whether you have a traditional or modern piercing.
Gold is obviously a popular choice among traditional piercing enthusiasts, and it is much more noticeable to everyone than traditional stainless steel or titanium pieces. While gold is much pricier, you may want to use it for long term piercings that will be showcased to everyone who sees you, as the investment is much more worth it.
If you’re thinking about changing up the type of jewelry you want, gold may not be the best choice for you. As well as this, since cost is an issue, it’s all dependent on how much you want to invest in your new piece.
Titanium is the best and most hypoallergenic compound available for body jewelry, although it can be more expensive when compared to stainless steel. Titanium has similar aesthetic properties to steel, but tends to be much brighter and less prone to bacterial collection.
Perhaps the most popular piercing material, surgical stainless steel is the most cost efficient way to get a piercing. Steel has all the benefits of looking like silver without the cost, as well as being unable to tarnish over time.
Steel is also relatively allergen-free as long as it’s not infused with other metals to make it have a different color or coating type, so this is a boon for those who have allergies to certain other materials.
Some of these metals are made with others also, especially if you’re getting silver or gold jewelry at less than 24k for gold and .999 for silver. Alloy metals can cause allergies, as they are typically made with tin or copper, which can stain the skin and cause an itchy reaction.
Be sure to know exactly what’s in your jewelry before buying it, and if you have an allergy, stick with the purer forms of the precious metals.
How to Change Your Body Jewelry?
Changing your body jewelry is as simple as finding another piece you like and switching it out for a new one. However, if you’re changing the size of the jewelry, you should go see your artist in order to make adequate space for it. Never try to accommodate new jewelry on your own, as you can damage your skin and cause permanent scarring.
Another word of caution is to never use plastic jewelry or earring guns, as these can cause infections at a higher rate than other materials. Plastic is porous and tends to trap any debris or bacteria that comes into contact with it.
Neither you nor your artist should advocate using these materials, so be sure to stay clear of them if you’re looking to get a new piercing.
Taking Care of Your Piercing
Long term care for your piercing mainly involves making sure that the piercing area is clean and free of any debris. Use an antibacterial soap in the shower to rinse the area, and sterilize the jewelry every so often in boiling water or a chemical bath.
Signs of infection can include itchiness or rashes, so if you have any of these symptoms, go see your personal doctor to get antibiotics. If you’re keeping up on cleaning the area and checking it for any unusual symptoms, you’ll be able to enjoy your piercing for years to come.
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