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Have You Ever Pierced Your Own Ears?

At a recent visit to Sally Beauty, I couldn't help but notice a DIY ear piercing display with something like the Studex System 75 Ear Piercing Instrument front and center ($17). While I'm definitely not afraid of the needle, I think I may actually be more leery of this sharp object if it were coming straight from my own hands. (Blood, fainting.)

What about you? Whether it was the old ice-and-a-needle trick or the regular piercing gun routine, have you dabbled in any self-piercing techniques? If so, how did it turn out? Did you end up with a nasty infection or were the results problem-free?

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fauxdiamonds fauxdiamonds 7 years
I had a friend in 8th grade that pierced her own ears all the way up to the cartilage with a match, needle and limes..I in no way let her near my ears!
xoxoGG xoxoGG 7 years
WHOA Wickedlanie, I didn't know that they actually pierced your ear with a the actually earring! I already had enough trouble getting my first holes, now that my second holes closed up, I'm afraid it will hurt more because of the extra scar tissue :(
juliarose23 juliarose23 7 years
seems scary and dangerous, and i'm sure i would do something horribly wrong....
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 7 years
I have 4 ear piercings...2 sets by gun, 2 by needle. The gun ones infected, but got better...the needle ones were fine.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 7 years
I have 9 holes in my ears and they were all done with a gun. They've never been infected. My nose...well that's been pierced twice and has turned out awful each time. I've seen those kits in the Sally Beauty stores in Nashville but I think you need a Red Cross (or similar)certification to purchase them.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 7 years
I have 9 holes in my ears and they were all done with a gun. They've never been infected.My nose...well that's been pierced twice and has turned out awful each time. I've seen those kits in the Sally Beauty stores in Nashville but I think you need a Red Cross (or similar)certification to purchase them.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 7 years
No way-keloids are scary. I never wear earrings anyway.
goddessru goddessru 7 years
This totally creeps me out because I remember being 11 and getting my ears pierced and feeling like someone shot me with a gun in my ear... its gross this thing is sold at stores. I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole!!
bornthisway bornthisway 7 years
i don't mind needles one bit because i had to take these allergy shots once a week for 2 years when i was still in elementary school, but i could never poke a hole through my ear. maybe i'm too ocd and would freak out because the holes wouldn't be in the same spot or something like that. but i have tons of friends who have pierced their own ears and hid them from their parents.
bornthisway bornthisway 7 years
i don't mind needles one bit because i had to take these allergy shots once a week for 2 years when i was still in elementary school, but i could never poke a hole through my ear. maybe i'm too ocd and would freak out because the holes wouldn't be in the same spot or something like that. but i have tons of friends who have pierced their own ears and hid them from their parents.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
Oh CRUD...that gun is a push-gun! So if you wuss on the squeeze, you have a half-pierced, sore ear. Not to mention the issues in sanitation...NOPE!
Txredd Txredd 7 years
Yes. I pierced my ears when I was 14. First time I used needle and ice, second time just a needle. Did better with just the needle. I kept the area clean with alcohol, they never got infected.
emalove emalove 7 years
Uh no...wouldn't even consider it. My skin is way too sensitive for that, I'd probably get an infection of some sort.
luvyastila luvyastila 7 years
i was at sally's and saw a little piercing kit, bought it and pierced my ears! no problem!!
satisfiction satisfiction 7 years
I have. I pierced my ear once in the lobe and I pierced my nose, with needles though, not piercing guns. Bad decisions! I'm very lucky that I didn't get an infection, though I did have the skin around my lobe piercing recede a little. The doctor said that's "typical behaviour of a stab wound." I actually still have the lobe piercing and I've since gotten my nose pierced by a professional (with a needle, guns really aren't comparable to needles) with a 16 gauge needle so that I can wear proper nose jewelry.
clew001 clew001 7 years
I have no balls.I would never do it myself.
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I never had ear piercings done. I had a nasty belly-button infection from a piercing done at a salon and have a tiny tiny scar, and if same happened with my ears, then my only body part that I like would be ruined. No thanks to any more piercings anywhere.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 7 years
My mom pierced my ears when I was 6 months old and refused to let me get my second holes done. I thought about doing it anyway but then I saw the episode of full house where Kimmie pierced stephanies ears and they got infected...and decided to wait until I was 18. Got my second holes the day I was 18 - although they're oddly spaced :\
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
Urgh, I can't imagine piercing my own ears. I've got 6 holes total, 2 of them cartilage, and I got them all done at Piercing Pagoda. I know people say not to go to those kinds of places in the mall, and not to use the gun, but I haven't had any problems with my piercings and they were all done with the gun.
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