Inside: What is a Double Helix Piercing? + Does It Hurt?

If you’re looking for an eye-catching new way to display your body jewelry, a double helix piercing might be perfect for you.

A helix piercing is any piercing made to the upper cartilage of the ear – but there are different kinds of helix piercings. A standard helix piercing is made in the outer upper cartilage, but you can also get forward-backward, double, or even triple helix piercings.

Today we are chatting about the double helix piercing and everything that goes into it. From the pain, healing, and best jewelry, check out everything you need to know about this style!

Double Ear Piercing Ideas

What is a Double Helix Piercing?

Double Helix Piercing Location: The double helix piercing is typically found on the upper part of your ear cartilage, as shown in the accompanying image, though it can also be located a little bit lower along the helix. The double forward helix piercing is located just across from the double helix location, in the forward part of your cartilage, which is above the tragus.

Double Helix Piercing Process: It’s usually done with a hollow 16 gauge needle, though some piercers may use an 18 or 14 gauge needle, depending on the specifics of your ear. Speak with a piercing professional for a full overview of the process of getting a double helix piercing.

Healing Time: Up to 6 months.

Can everyone get a double helix piercing?

To find out whether you’re a good candidate for this type of body piercing, we recommend speaking with a piercing professional. They can look at the size and shape of your ear and let you know about any potential concerns before you decide whether or not to get pierced.

Best Double Helix Piercing Aftercare

To care for your helix piercing after it is done you will need to mostly… LEAVE IT ALONE! Which can be the most difficult thing to do. Wash it throughly with the liquid you are given (or our favorite saline solution will do the trick). Twice a day for the first 3 weeks you will use the liquid to ensure the ear stays clean. Other than that try hard to leave it alone for e correct healing. If you can adjust late night sleeping to not lay directly on the new double ear piercing that helps as well.

At about the 8 week mark your ear should be healed and ready for a more normal routine & change of jewelry. See our favorite double helix jewelry ideas below

Does a double helix piercing hurt?

There are many factors involved in how much pain you may experience, so there’s no definitive way to say whether this type of piercing will hurt for you or not. However, since this piercing is on your cartilage, and it involves two piercings at once, you can likely expect to experience some amount of pain. While there’s no standard that applies to everyone on whether helix piercings hurt, it’s best to be prepared and know your own pain tolerance. Speak to a professional piercer ahead of time to get a sense of whether you will experience piercing pain and how to prepare for the process.

How much does a double helix piercing cost?

How much a double helix ear piercing costs vary depending on where you’re located and the piercer. To find the best person for your piercing, do research so locate a reputable piercer who will follow all appropriate procedures and can advise you about the cost. One thing that may be important to your budget is that in most cases, double helix piercings cost more than helix piercings since there’s more work involved, though whether or not the cost is double will depend on the specific piercer.

Double Helix Piercing Ideas

From hoops, studs, and unique shaped jewelry, these double helix piercings

1. Classic Double Helix with Hoops

2. Small Silver Hoops

3. Double Diamond Studs

4. Two Shaped Piercings – Lightening Bold and Tri Diamond Piece

Double Helix Piercing Ideas

5. Two Small Triangle Studs

6. Flat Stud with Arrow Shaped Piercing

7. Silver Hoop and Matching Silver Chain

Our Favorite Helix Jewelry

Finding the perfect jewelry for your piercing is one of our favorite parts! Check out some of oour favorite pieces.

Helix Piercing Jewelry

What are the types of jewelry for double helix piercings?

Captive bead rings, seamless rings, stud cartilage earrings, and other cartilage jewelry are recommended for double helix piercings. These come in many shapes, styles, colors, and materials and can be changed once your piercing has fully healed. For forward helix piercings or double forward helix piercings, the types of jewelry most commonly used are stud cartilage earrings or rings.

Multiple Ear Piercing Ideas

The one thing we love most about the double helix piercing is that it pairs beautifully with other piercings. It looks great will a stack full of piercings or on its own. Check out a few of our favorite ear fulls of piercings that go perfectly with the double helix style.

8. Double Piercing with Hoop and Diamond Stud

9. Fancy Jewelry with Helix Piercing

10. Helix Piercing with Connecting Chain

Multiple Ear Piercing Ideas

11. Colorful Ear Full of Jewelry

12. Trio Stud with Dangle Jewelry

13.  Simple Collection with Double Helix

More Cool Piercing Ideas You’ll Love

If you like these cool double helix piercing ideas then check out a few more piercing ideas and aftercare techniques that we know you’ll enjoy!

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  • How to Care for a Nose Piercing? A new nose piercing requires frequent cleanings. Like any new piercing, regular cleanings help keep debris out of the piercing while also preventing infection. However, the aftercare doesn’t stop there. You’ll need to regularly ensure your nose piercing and jewelry are both in good shape to prevent any future problems…(Read More)

Double Helix Piercing