Hello, hello! Welcome to The Tea - I'm Alley, and this is my weekly, every-Thursday e-zine where I talk about all things pierced & modified.
I've been getting a lot of questions about cartilage piercings! There are lots of little things you don't think about when you get a new piercing in your ear. What side am I going to sleep on? Can I wear earplugs or headphones?
I'm currently trying to heal up a few different cartilage piercings in my ear (helix, conch, and tragus), so I figure I'd weigh in on some of the stuff you might not be thinking about:
- Can I wear headphones/airpods with a tragus piercing? My personal experience, yes, I was able to wear them while I was traveling.
- As far as earplugs go, they're a necessity as a musician... Depending on the individual plugs, they might be a bit tricky, but it's more about being aware when you are inserting them
- My hair gets caught in my helix constantly! I've been wearing a lot of up-dos just to keep it from getting snagged. It's important to always double-check before you go swinging your hair around!
- Shirts and sweaters are scary around helix piercings as well! I had my first snag the other day... ouch! I got in the shower and let the water run over it to give it a bit of soothing.
- My conch has (surprisingly) been the easiest to deal with! It's tucked so far into my ear (with a flat back stud) that nothing I've run into has given it any trouble yet.
P.S. A very special cameo from my birds in today's Tea! More content below! ♡
Piercings are an incredibly personal experience. Not only are piercings performed on individuals of all different shapes, sizes, and ages, but they are performed by piercers with individual techniques. Needless to say, it becomes very difficult to list any one answer or technique as the go-to in terms of something that works for everyone... But there is one thing that is important to every piercing experience - good piercing aftercare. One of the best ways to keep your piercing clean is with a sea salt soak. This mixture is simple but effective - rather than think of it as a "topical" like a cream/lotion/ointment (which should NEVER be used on a healing piercing), think of these salt soaks as a way to flush out your piercing. Using the salt soak will irrigate any dirt, bacteria, or grime away from your fragile piercing, which also hydrating it and helping with swelling/pain. We wrote a whole blog about how to make and use sea salt soaks - read it now: Basic Piercing Care: How To Make A Sea Salt Soak.
Now let's talk jewelry! First and foremost, it's the holidays, so we've been cranking out new jewelry as quickly as possible! Body Candy is super proud of our distinction as the biggest body jewelry selection online - and we do everything we can to make sure we keep that honor! We've been uploading new belly rings, new industrial bars, new nipple rings, holiday jewelry, Christmas jewelry, cartilage earrings, and much more. You can always check out our newest stuff by visiting our New Body Jewelry collection! Speaking of the holidays, we've got plenty of Christmas and holiday-themed jewelry to deck yourself out with, pun intended. We've got Christmas tree jewelry, green and red body jewelry, festive nipple barbells, fun belly rings, and even customizable stockings that you can put any name on. Keep your body jewelry game fresh and festive with a piece from our Holiday Jewelry collection! Last but not least, there's no better way to add a bit of holiday sparkle to your piercings with a fiery piece from our Opal Love collection. Opals sparkle and shimmer, kind of like snowflakes! They have little flecks of fiery sparkles in them that look amazing in any light.
Do you have a question for me? I'd love to hear from you! If you enjoy the pierced & modified content that I create for The Tea, I think you'd also enjoy our Saturday email segment, Dear Alley. Every week, I choose three questions from our pierced/modified customers to research and answer. I might even answer YOUR question next! If there's something on your mind, write me! Send an email to DearAlley@bodycandy.com with your question. I'd be happy to help!
We're very excited to announce that December monthly clubs are in! Have you heard of our monthly club subscriptions yet? Are you a pierced/modified aficionado? Do you want to grow your body jewelry collection at a great, affordable price? Do you want to keep your piercings fresh and fierce with fun new jewelry options? Then the Body Candy Monthly Clubs are for you... YOU'RE OFFICIALLY INVITED! Every month, you'll get a cute little bag with three (3) body jewelry pieces in it. That's right - delivered right to your door. At $14.95 per club (yeah, that's right, THREE pieces of jewelry for that low price), you can't go wrong! Wondering if we have a club that's right for you? We probably do! We currently offer: belly ring club; septum/daith club; industrial club; nipple ring club; tongue ring club; cartilage club; and labret club. We even have a club for our Vitamin C Serum! Sign up now!