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Piercing Your Eyebrows

Updated on June 25, 2014

How to get started with piercing your eyebrows

Other than ear piercings, eyebrow piercing is among the more common facial piercings people get, and it includes all the area of the eyebrow from where the eyebrow starts in the middle of your face all the way to the side. For some reason people get confused on this, but I don't see that it matters as long as you get the look you want.

If you haven't got an eyebrow piercing before, you do need to do some research, as obviously there are some jobs which won't allow facial jewelry to be worn, and so it's a big consideration when you consider most of your day is spent at the work place.

While it's tempting to do in an effort to save some money, it's not recommended in any way to attempt to get a piercing at home; there's just too many things that can go wrong, and it does have risks in that regard. Getting it done by a professional in almost all cases results in a safe experience, so don't tempt fate by going the cheap route.

Tattoo versus piercing pain

Piercing pain can be sharp, but it lasts for a very short time, and in about a minute or less it's all over as far as the pain goes.

So while it's fine to use a numbing cream for your piercing, you have to measure the cost versus the temporary pain. If your good with pain, it's probably not needed, but each person has different pain tolerance levels, so you have to make that decision. 

Eyebrow piercing preparation

Piercing your eyebrows is a little different than other areas in one way: you've got hairs that could interfere and irritate the piercing, so it's a good idea to get rid of the hair nearest the entry point of the jewelry in order to cut down on that.

If you've already been pierced, using things like hair removers and waxes are not a good idea, as they could interfere with and irritate the process.

One other thought here is it's also not a good idea to get a piercing if your sick, as your weakened body is more susceptible to infection, so you should do it when you're healthy and recovered. 

Eyebrow Piercing Photo

Insist on being pierced with a piercing needle

By far the best and safest way to be pierced is with an approved, sterile piercing needle. Don't get it done by anyone who doesn't use a piercing needle.

Things to watch for here which shouldn't be used are squeeze piercers or piercing guns. 

Multiple Eyebrow Piercing

Shop before making a decision

Like anything else, you should shop around at piercing shops before making a decision. Check out how they do their piercing, and of course the prices.

If there is only one option, check out other ones a little further away if you have to. Don't just to the easiest thing if it's not completely safe of satisfying to you. 

Check out the piercers portfolio

Like others doing body modification or tattoos, piercers should have a portfolio you can check out before making a decision. Evan ask for names to see if they are really the people in the photos and what their experience was.

Especially check how the eyebrow piercings look. Do they look safe and healthy? Are they evenly spaced if there's more than one, or are they placed in a good spot.

If your friends have had any piercings, ask them about their experience as well, as that more than anything is the best and most honest source of information you could get. 

Piercing aftercare

While you should follow the advice of your piercing professional, there are a few things to understand and be prepared for to help you during the process and understand what will happen afterwards.

Normally it takes from about six to eight weeks for a piercing to heal, so you can keep that in mind when deciding to get one. This time period can be extended if problems of infection set in.  


Be aware that we are usually the source of infections, as continually touching where you are pierced is very tempting, and many people get infections from this very practice, so it's best not to allow yourself to touch it, other than at cleaning times.

Other than that, the best way to keep an infection from happening is to clean your piercing on a daily basis. Applying salted water to the piercing for a couple of minutes with a cotton ball is one of the recommended ways to do this.

What you're looking for here is that hardening or crusting to dissolve by the salt water. If that isn't accomplished, it can harden and connect to your jewelry, and then it'll cause painful inflammation from tearing inside. Once the crusting is dissolved, then slowly move your jewelry and make sure there is no hard residue remaining.

Salt water simply means regular salt dissolved in hot water or sea salt will work too.

After that is done be sure the dab your piercing with a tissue or toilet paper if it is wet, or if you've taken a shower, that is important as well to ensure that it's dry. Whatever you do don't rub the area, as it could irritate the piercing. You must be cautious of using towels because they can collect bacteria and it could cause problems.

Another way to protect from aggravating your piercing is to either sleep on your back or the opposite side of the piercing to protect from being damaged while sleeping. Also keep all your bedding fresh and clean to protect you from possible infections. 

Twin eyebrow piercings

Enjoy your eyebrow piercing

Finally, enjoy your piercing, and don't try to hurry up the healing process. Go through everything you're instructed to even though it seems like it's ok.


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      Anna 6 years ago

      Where's the cheapest place to get your eyebrow pierced in Oklahoma?