Pierce Your Own Ears at Home

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Pierce Your Own Ears at Home

Melissa Tolton, Staff

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Many people would want to pierce their own ears at home because of multiple reasons. The pain is worth the gain. 

For one, it is so much cheaper than going to a professional place and getting it done.  

“Honestly, it’s a lot cheaper than going to a professional place and getting it done. I pierced my ears for free while other people spend $40 to get their ears pierced,” sophomore Liz Perry explained. 

Also, it takes up less time because no drive out to a professional is required; a student just does it by his or herself. Lastly, for some people it hurts less because they can numb their own ears with ice, while at a professional place they do not numb your ear. If an individual follows the directions carefully, he or she can pierce his or her ears safely without infection.  

However, a person should only pierce his or her own ears if confident.  

“If you feel comfortable with it and know what you are doing then yes you should pierce your own ear, but if you aren’t sure I don’t think you should do it,” sophomore Hanna Slaski said.  

First, clean your ears with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol so you have bacteria-free ears. 

Next, drop the earrings you are going to put in your ear into hydrogen peroxide. Starter earrings would be best for this because they are meant for when you first get your ears pierced and are sharper.  

Then, burn the needle you are going to use over a flame for 10 seconds.  

Next, wipe the needle down with hydrogen peroxide to clean it. 

After this, you have the option to numb your ear with ice so it does not hurt as much: however, numbing it can shrink the surface size so this step is optional. 

Then, take a marker and mark on your ears where you want the piercing to go. 

After that, hold an object the can be pierced through to the back of your ear and swiftly stick the needle through your ear and into the object behind it. 

Leave the needle in your ear for 2 minutes and rotate it around to widen the hole. 

Lastly, take the needle out and put your clean earrings in. 

Repeat as necessary for how many piercings you are doing.  

Some medical professionals believe that getting a piercing with a gun can lead to infection and allergies, so they recommend getting your piercing with a needle. If you pierce your own ears at home, you do it with a needle anyway; piercing at home could benefit your ears.  

Perry has pierced her ears 4 different times.  As an expert, she has some advice to offer. 

“I think other people should pierce their own ears; however, if you are one of those people who are scared of needles, I wouldn’t recommend doing it,” Perry stated.