Helix Piercing

The placement of the helix piercing is in the upper part of the outer cartilage. Being a rage in the 80’s it looks cool and trendy even to this day. Top-rated celebrities like Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Miley Cyrus and Kylie Jenner have been spotted sporting this subtle yet chic ear perforation on red carpets. The standard gauge used for the helix piercing is small, usually between 18G and 14G. Here is a lowdown of what to expect if you want to go for this one complete with aftercare tips.

Helix Piercing

How Is It Done

The piercing is done with a small sterilized needle in just around a couple of seconds. The insertion of the preferred jewelry follows that.

Pain Scale: 4/10

This piercing has a low pain level as the cartilage is pretty thin at the location of the puncture. You are likely to feel just a slight pinch unless your pain tolerance is very low. It is normal to experience some throbbing, swelling and even a little bleeding for a few days afterward.

Helix Ear Piercings
Helix Piercing Earrings

Healing Time

With proper care, it takes around 3-6 months to heal, which is quite a standard with cartilage piercings. Since every individual is different, the healing times may vary. So it is advisable to consult your piercer before stopping aftercare practices or changing jewelry.

Cleaning and Aftercare

  • Hold a cotton ball soaked in a saline solution to the pierced area for 3-5 minutes.
  • Carefully dab the area with a paper towel to make it dry.
  • The saline soak should be done 2-3 times a day.
  • Don’t move the jewelry as that can cause trauma to the pierced cartilage.
  • Keep the piercing dry to prevent bacterial infection that can lead to cartilage bumps.
  • Don’t sleep on the jewelry and use clean pillow covers and bedsheets.
  • Avoid wearing hats or other headgear that might touch or move the jewelry.
  • Keep headphones and cellphones away from the piercing as it heals.
Helix Piercing Men
Hoop Helix Piercing

Jewelry Ideas

Cartilage studs, captive bead rings, curved and circular barbells are the best jewelry for this piercing. You can choose studs with small gemstones or diamonds to add some shine to your ear without being too over the top. Labrets studs go well with this ear piercing. Studs with small charms look super cute. A heart earring, arrow earring, flower or moon stud looks unique on a single helix piercing.

You can keep things simple with a captive bead ring having a metal bead or opt for some color with opals, pearls or Baltic amber in place of the bead. If you like hoop style earrings, you can go for seamless hoops, clickers and segment rings. Statement jewelry addicts would love to decorate the piercing with ear cuffs and cartilage shields. You can also connect the helix and ear lobe piercings with chain earrings.

Helix Piercing Jewelry
Helix Piercing Stud


The price of getting this piercing has a starting range of $30-$50.


  1. Double helix piercing
  2. Triple helix piercing
  3. Forward helix piercing


When can I change my helix piercing?

You can change the helix piercing jewelry after it has healed completely.

What is helix piercing size?

The standard helix piercing size is 1.2 mm and 1.6 mm

What is the minimum age for a helix piercing?

The minimum age for the helix piercing is 15 years.

What is the best size hoop for helix piercing?

Hoops having an inner diameter of 5/16” or 8mm are best suited for a helix piercing.






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