Ear Piercings / Forward Helix Piercing

Forward Helix piercings have become extremely popular over the last several years for many reasons, mostly due to the wide variety of options with the placement and the ability to do multiple piercings simultaneously.  The forward helix is the continuation of the ear rim as it curves inwards toward the face. This particular crescent of cartilage leaves many different options for placement, depending on the particular of preference of the client. It also leaves the option to do several piercings in a row, following the client’s individual anatomy.  The initial jewellery is usually relatively short curved or straight barbells, leaving a small bit of space for swelling and ease of cleaning, with the option to change the ball sizes from small to large. Jewels can also be added after the initial healing process of two months. There is also the option of changing to ball closure rings or even seamless rings.  Overall healing times for forward helix piercings generally range from approximately four to six months, with very simple aftercare. There are two ways to clean forward helix piercings, the first being a saline solution, which can be purchased over the counter in the form of contact lens solution.  The second method is to make a sea salt and warm water solution, using ¼ – ½ teaspoon of sea salt in a coffee cup of warm water.  With either method you simply apply the solution to a cotton bud and gently clean the piercing, paying particular attention to cleaning the jewellery itself.  This should be done twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. In addition to this, any time you’re having a shower, at the end of the shower let hot water rinse the piercing thoroughly to remove any products.  Always be sure to wash your hands before cleaning any piercing.