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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 8 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 8 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 8 years
seems scary and dangerous, and i'm sure i would do something horribly wrong....
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 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 8 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 8 years
No way-keloids are scary. I never wear earrings anyway.
goddessru goddessru 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years
i was at sally's and saw a little piercing kit, bought it and pierced my ears! no problem!!
satisfiction satisfiction 8 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 8 years
I have no balls.I would never do it myself.
Ayu Ayu 8 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 8 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 8 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.
luna08 luna08 8 years
OMG, that this looks like an office tool! Is it put out by Swingline? :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I would never use a piercing gun. Ever. For the reasons wickedlanie and ivygreene said. The potential for infection and LUMPS of scar tissue (keloids) forming from the force of the gun shoving your skin and tissue through the hole its created is too great. Sorry if that's TMI but it happens. And that's not a risk I'm willing to take. :)
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