An eyebrow ring is a vertical surface piercing that is located in the skin of the brow, close to the temples. As a surface piercing, an eyebrow ring will have a different healing process than a fleshier piercing (like a navel ring or an ear piercing) or a cartilage piercing (like the tragus, helix, or conch).
Eyebrow piercings are popular among both men and women, making them one of the most common unisex fashion statements. While it is a timeless body mod, since it is located on the face, it is difficult to hide and will be on near-constant display. Because it can leave a noticeable scar if not taken care of/removed, it's important to be sure you're ready to commit to this facial mod before you get one!
Body Candy has the biggest and best selection of body jewelry in the world, including a massive selection of eyebrow rings. From fun, colorful options to luxury 14k gold barbells, we have eyebrow jewelry that will perfectly suit anyone's face. Curved barbells for eyebrows are one of our many areas of expertise - here's all the important stuff you need to know about this unique piercing!
Does an eyebrow piercing hurt?
All piercings hurt! The answer is yes. When a piercer pushes a needle through your skin, it will inevitably sting a little.
The good news: eyebrow piercings are typically pretty low on the pain scale. As a surface piercing, there just isn't a ton of anatomy or sensitive nerve endings to push through. For most individuals, an eye brow piercing will feel like a quick, sharp pain. The process will be over quickly!
How much does it hurt?
Every piercing experience will be different. Everyone will experience pain/swelling in a different way, but most people rate eyebrow piercings from a 2-4 on the "pain scale." If you can handle a sharp pinch, some consistent aftercare, and plenty of patience throughout the healing process, your eyebrow piercing will be fully healed before you know it.
What makes this piercing different is its location on the face. Remember, a piercing is technically an open wound... If you've ever been hit in the face, you'll know that blood tends to rush to facial injuries. Compared to other piercings, you might experience excess swelling, bruising, or an unpleasant throbbing sensation. Some people may even get a black eye. This is all totally normal - after your piercing, have something to eat, drink lots of water, and get plenty of rest.
Most importantly: Because eyebrow rings are prone to rejection, this is definitely a job for a professional piercer. The depth of this piercing is integral - they will make sure your barbell is long enough to accommodate for swelling and that it isn't too shallow in the skin. They will also make sure the piercing is perfectly symmetrical in straightness.
Also: NEVERget pierced with a piercing gun. It's not common for eyebrow piercings to be done with a gun, but regardless, all piercings should be performed by a professional, licensed piercer with a fresh, sharp needle.
How Long Do Eyebrow Piercings Take to Heal?
As we mentioned above, everyone's body is different. As a general rule of thumb, eyebrow rings should take somewhere between two (2) to three (3) months to heal.
During this important time frame, it's important not to change, move, bump, or snag your eyebrow jewelry. As with most surface piercings, eyebrow rings are prone to rejection - the skin in this area is delicate and disturbing your new jewelry can cause lengthened healing times, excess scarring, and, in some cases, piercing rejection.
Disclaimer: If you experience any discomfort, pain, or any other complications with your new body mod, contact a medical professional and consult with your professional piercer as soon as possible.
How to Insert Your Eyebrow Jewelry
Once your two to three month healing period has passed, your piercing should be healed up enough to change. Changing out your eyebrow ring for the first time might be intimidating, but eyebrow jewelry is simple to insert (easy to see in a mirror!) and comfortable to wear.
1.) Clean/Sanitize - Wash. Your. Hands. Be thorough. Use a clean cloth to gently wipe down your eyebrow ring. If you are looking for a liquid to help with this process, a sterile saline solution will suffice.
2.) Remove jewelry - If you feel any pain or discomfort, it's worth it to wait it out. Don't risk the health of your piercing for new jewelry!
Otherwise, with clean, thoroughly-washed hands, unscrew the end of your eyebrow jewelry. Be careful not to drop it in the sink! Gently pull out the barbell. Halfway there!
3.)Prepare new jewelry -Unscrew the ball end of your new eyebrow jewelry and place the unscrewed ball end somewhere it won't roll away. If you think you need a bit of lubrication, dampen your jewelry/piercing site with a bit of the sterile saline solution.
4.) Insert the new jewelry -Position the end of the barbell/ring at the entrance to your eyebrow (typically, the lower hole). Once you find the piercing hole, carefully slide it through your eyebrow.
5.) Reattach the end - Most eyebrow rings will have simple ball/cone ends. Simply screw them back on to the top of your eyebrow jewelry - congrats! You're good to go.
Live Piercing Experience: Eyebrow Piercing
What Can I Wear in an Eyebrow Piercing?
16g Spiral Rings
16g Septum Rings
The most common jewelry worn in an eyebrow is a 16g curved barbell. There are many styles of curved barbell available, including those studded with gems or opals, anodized titanium, stainless steel barbells, and much more.
The fun thing about having your eyebrow pierced - most eyebrow piercings are 16g, which means any 16g jewelry will fit. This includes horseshoe rings, ball captive rings (BCRs), spiral rings, seamless rings, and even septum rings & septum clickers.
Get creative with your piercing! Something understated like a simple anodized barbell will give a more sophisticated look, whereas a colorful spiral or unique septum hoop will add a bit of pizzazz to your face and outfit. The sky is the limit with this flexible piercing!