Ear Piercing Service at H.Samuel

A Guide to Ear Piercing

Time to jump on the curated ear bandwagon? Check out our piercing glossary for the prime positions.

The HS ear piercing studio currently pierces the lobe and outer cartilage, but there are many more places on the ear that can be pierced. To start designing you're very own Instagrammable ear party, scroll down for a full guide on the names and where, on the ear, you can find them.

Lobe: The lobe is the lower section of the ear, which is one of the most common piercings.

Tragus: The tragus is the triangular flap positioned in front of the ear canal. It is above the lobe and is the harder section of the ear on the side of your face, meaning earrings in the tragus can be seen when viewing the face straight-on.

Antitragus: The antitragus is the triangular flap above the lobe, opposite to the tragus.

Conch: The conch is the middle section of the ear. The inner conch is in the lower cartilage, while the outer conch sits in the upper area of the cartilage.

Daith: The daith sits between the rook and tragus (where the outer ridge of your ear meets your inner ear). Daith piercings are usually forward facing, so it is the perfect place to have a hoop.

Helix: The helix is positioned on the inside ridge of the upper ear.

Forward Helix: The forward helix is the front part of the ear – it connects the ear to the head.

Rook: The rook is in the cartilage of the upper ear – perfect for hoops and curved barbells.

Curated Ear Concept

We're calling it, the curated ear movement is one of the biggest piercing trends - ever. An art form that consists of multiple, all-over ear piercings in different formations, it allows you to create a look that's unique to you and your style. Whether you're into layered lobe piercings, stacked hoops, or edgy orbitals, you can't really go wrong when it comes to your individual ear party. Everything from ultra-stacked looks to soft minimalist vibes are on-trend, so start designing yours today.

Ear Piercing FAQ's

Unsure, nervous or even scared? We’re here to help answer your concerns.

How much does it cost to get your ears pierced?

The ear piercing service at H.Samuel is free when you buy any set of piercing earrings.

Does ear piercing hurt?

Ear piercings are usually the least painful kind of body piercing. All our piercing earrings have ultra-thin piercing posts, which aid faster healing and help to minimise any discomfort.

What is the minimum age for ear piercing?

Our ear piercing service is available for adults, and children over the age of 7 years. Children will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Photo ID is required, so please bring a passport or driving licence with you.

How is the ear piercing done?

Before the procedure, we will take you through the relevant forms that need to be signed. Once this is done, the ear piercing specialist will then clean and mark your earhole. When the piercing is complete, the specialist will take you through the aftercare.

Piercing Aftercare 101

From infections to healing time, it’s essential to care for your new piercing from home.

A fresh piercing is susceptible to infection, some may even be rejected by the body, which means aftercare of a new piercing is extremely important. On the day of your appointment, your piercer will provide you with a complimentary saline solution and aftercare leaflet to help you take care of your piercing once you leave the HS studio, but here are some other things you can do (as well as what to look out for) to ensure a safe and healthy healing period.

Cleaning Instruction

  1. Always wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning your piercing. A piercing is an open wound, so unwashed hand can transfer bacteria and cause infection.
  2. Cleanse both sides of the piercing with a saline solution three times a day until it is fully healed. We recommend the pre-made aftercare solution given to you at the time of your piercing at the HS Studio.
  3. Avoid irritating your piercing with products such as hairspray, shampoo, soap, perfume or cosmetics. After using any of these, clean your piercing with your ear care solution.
  4. In many cases, proper aftercare procedures will clear up an irritation that develops in the earlobe. Check to see if earrings are too tight. Loosen if necessary and continue cleansing with ear care solution three times a day. If the problem continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Advice and Tips

  1. Pain, redness and swelling are not a normal result of ear piercing and can lead to infection. Should pain, redness or swelling appear any time more than 24 hours after the piercing, see your doctor immediately.
  2. Take extra care when removing clothing over the head or brushing hair, so that earrings don't get caught. Be careful when participating in sports or rough play.
  3. Avoid sleeping on your new piercing. When going to bed, always check to make sure the earring is secured. You can always use a travel pillow to suspend the ear in the middle of the hole while you sleep.
  4. Gently rotate your earrings three times a day after cleaning to prevent them adhering to the ear.
  5. Do not remove or change the earring until the piercing has fully healed or you are advised to do so, as this will result in infection or the piercing closing. Your piercer will give you approximate healing times – but everyone is different, and the healing time can vary depending upon age, health, diet and lifestyle.
  6. We recommend avoiding swimming in chlorinated pool water or freshwater lakes during the healing process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the experts at H. Samuel for advice.
  7. Sometimes redness and swelling experienced after piercing is due to a metal allergy, not an infection. Nickel used for strength in many metal alloys, is the most common metal allergen. All Inverness piercing earrings meet global standards for nickel release requirements, the European Union Directive 94/27/EC-the Nickel Directive (Reach ANNEX XVII). All our gold products have very low nickel content – less than 0.025%.
  8. For people with nickel allergies, our surgical grade titanium earrings are 100% nickel-free.

Piercing Health and Safety

When visiting us for a piercing, your safety is number one.

Safety measures are especially crucial in the piercing world and to guarantee your experience is as safe as possible, hygiene is our top priority. From staff training and sterile equipment to complimentary ear cleaning solution for you to take home, we’ve got you covered.

Staff Training

We want to make sure you’re comfortable and at ease before, during and after your piercing. For that reason, our staff are specially trained and adhere to both a COVID-19 checklist and strict piercing guidelines to make sure your ear piercing experience with us is the best it can be.

With Inverness, piercing ears really is as easy as 1–2–3. We supply all the tools that our professional piercers need to pierce ears in three simple steps. Your piercer will also provide you with a complimentary ear care solution and aftercare leaflet to help you take care of your piercing once you leave the HS studio.

A Sterile Studio

The HS piercing studio adheres to safety guidelines and uses sterilised equipment, to ensure that both you and your piercer are well-protected. We are proud to use the exclusive Inverness ear piercing system where earrings are packaged in sterile, tamper-resistant cassettes. Each individual earring and exclusive Inverness Safety Back™ are fully enclosed in our sterile earring capsules and are not opened until selected for piercing.

For your peace of mind, all our piercing earrings are made from premium hypoallergenic metals and feature ultra-thin piercing posts for a gentle experience that minimises discomfort.

Our Most Popular Earrings

WHERE CAN YOU GET YOUR EARS PIERCED?

Our ear piercing service is available at selected H.Samuel stores. See the list below to find your nearest participating store. Piercing is currently available at the following stores:

BIRKENHEAD BIRMINGHAM BULL RING
BLACKPOOL BURY
CHELMSFORD CHICHESTER
DARLINGTON DERBY WESTFIELD
HANLEY POTTERIES HULL
KINGS LYNN MEADOWHALL
MILTON KEYNES NEWTON ABBOT
NUNEATON SKEGNESS
STAINES SUNDERLAND
SWANSEA WOLVERHAMPTON MANDER