I have three piercings in my lobes, and I've been looking into getting a new one (and a couple more in the future). If you're not sure about which ear piercing you should get, or how much they hurt, this list is for you.

Please note that all of these healing times are for tattoo parlor piercing needles, and not a piercing gun. Using a piercing gun in the cartilage takes about twice as long to heal, and could cause more damage than a tiny hole.

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Ear lobe piercings are the least painful. Since it's in the softest part of your ear, the pain is short and only stings a little. Ear lobe piercings are also really easy to take care of, which is why a lot of younger children are allowed to get them. They only take six weeks to heal, and then you can go about changing your earrings every day.

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Daith piercings are a little more painful than a lobe piercing. It's located in the innermost piece of cartilage in the ear. Since they're located near a pressure point, many people have reported a decrease in migraines or their severity after getting one. (Ongoing scientific studies have discovered that the relief most people feel isn't the result of a placebo.)
Daith piercings take 3-6 months to heal, and there's tons of cute jewelry to choose from.

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Helix piercings are in the middle of the pain scale. They're located in the cartilage at the top of your ear. It takes more pressure for the needle to push through the cartilage here, but it's over in seconds (and people say it didn't hurt as bad as they thought). Helix piercings require more effort to take care of since they can get caught in clothing and hair. If you keep these clear of oils and product, you should have a cute piercing you can change in 3-6 months.

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Like the helix, the rook piercing takes pressure to get through. It's a sharp pain, and it only lasts for a few seconds. The rook is located in the curved part of cartilage toward the top of the inside of your ear. Unlike the helix, it's tucked away safely, and won't catch on your clothes. Rook piercings take 3-9 months to heal, and popular jewelry includes bars and hoops.

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The pain of tragus piercings depend on how thick your cartilage is. They're located in the part of your ear that's closest to the ear canal. Tragus piercings take 3-6 months to heal, and the jewelry selections are super versatile. Hoops, posts, and bars are all popular choices. (Anti tragus hurts a little more, and it's on the pain scale next to an industrial piercing.)

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Since the area where conch piercings are is mostly hard cartilage, these hurt a little more. Conch piercings go through the inner shell of your ear, and care is similar to the helix and rook piercings. They take 3-9 months to heal, and the most popular jewelry is a hoop.

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Since the industrial piercing requires two cartilage piercings at once, it hurts the most out of the ones on this list. Like all of them, the pain is over quickly, and the result is totally worth it. Like other cartilage piercings, it needs to be kept clean and can snag on clothing. Industrial piercings take 3-9 months to heal, and a bar is the most popular jewelry choice.

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before you get a piercing

♡ Everyone has a different pain tolerance, so what doesn't hurt for someone else could really hurt for you and vice versa. Know how much pain you can handle beforehand.
♡ Do research before you get a piercing. Make sure you're going to a clean, qualified business full of patient and friendly people. You need to be as comfortable as possible.
♡ If you can't change your piercing by yourself, don't be afraid to go back to the tattoo parlor and ask for help. Your piercer will be happy to.
♡ Listen to your piercer, and follow any advice they give you.
♡ Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's good to know what you're getting yourself into, and your piercer will be happy to answer to the best of their ability.
♡ Clean your new piercings daily. You can stop when they're fully healed. If you're not responsible enough to do this, then a piercing might not be for you.

Enjoy your new ear piercing.