When I studied abroad in London, I accompanied a couple of friends to a tattoo and piercing parlor in Camden. While one was confident about getting her septum piercing, the other was so nervous about getting her nostril pierced that I was convinced that she would either run out of the shop or throw up before the process was over. Miraculously, despite her fears of unbearable pain and crusty infections, she went through with it and it looked great. As I sat in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but wonder what I’d look like with a nose piercing. It was one of the first times I seriously considered it and to this day a part of me still wants one.
But piercings are no joke! I got my ears pierced when I was a baby so I don’t remember any of the pain associated with it. I’ve got a high pain tolerance, but I’m still pretty scared! So if you’re like me and are toying with the idea of getting some more piercings, here are 10 things to consider before going under the needle.
Think About It...A LotIt might not be like getting a tattoo, but getting a piercing is still a pretty big decision, especially if you're gaging your ears/lobe stretching. So think it over and see what your friends and family thing, but ultimately go with your gut. If you're unsure, definitely hold it off for a while.Source: Shutterstock
Practice With A Fake And See If You Like The Way Your Piercing Would LookIf you're unsure about how your piercing will really look, use some clip ons until you feel confident enough to get the actual piercing. That nose piercing you were thinking about might not look as hot as you thought it would!Source: Shutterstock
Go To A Reputable PlaceThe Internet is your friend, okay? Google, Yelp, ask around...just do your research before you just stroll into the first piercings place you see. This is a process in which you are going to have a needle go through some part of your skin, so the least you can do is make sure the place is clean.Source: Shutterstock
You Might Be Allergic To A Piercing MetalSometimes, piercing metal can cause allergic reactions, especially if it contains nickel. Luckily, stainless steel is pretty much an industry standard at this point, which is far less likely to cause a reaction. But beware of certain materials causing rash, redness, itching, oozing, and other irritants. You want to make sure that you nip the problem in the bud ASAP.Source: Shutterstock
Be Prepared To Do A Lot Of DisinfectingAfter you get a piercing, you're going to have to make sure that you disinfect it regularly. You will probably receive some antiseptic from the piercing parlor, so make sure to follow their instructions unless you want to end up with a crusty, pus filled mess at your piercing site.Source: Shutterstock
You Might Not Love ItIf you get your piercing and you don't love it, please know that you're not alone! It happens. But before you take it out, make sure that your disenchantment isn't due to the actual piece of jewelry you're wearing--it might not be your cup of tea--or simply needing to get used your new look!Source: Shutterstock
Be Prepared For Some HatersNot everybody is gonna be jazzed about your decision to get a piercing. Unless it's your ears, be prepared for some criticism from your family and your friends.Source: Shutterstock
Familiarize Yourself With Your School Or Workplace Dress CodeI hate that piercings are banned in many dress codes, but that's the way it is. Make sure that you know if your school or place of work allows piercings before you get one. You don't want to roll up to school with your dope new piercing only to get hauled into the principal's office. Source: Shutterstock
Take It Out If You're Not Feeling ItLook, if you just got your piercing and you're seriously having second thoughts, just take the ring out. If you do that, your new piercing might just close up. Just make sure that you continue to disinfect the piercing. Source: Shutterstock
Don't Feel LimitedPiercings can be so fun and really show off your creativity. Get some earrings that dangle, cute studs, awesome hoops for that nose or lip piercing and anything and everything in between. Of course, you don't have to wear them all at once but just know that there aren't any real rules with this. Have fun with it!Source: Shutterstock
Do you have any piercings anywhere other than your earlobes? What would you recommend before getting another piercing? Tell us in the comments!