What To Know Before Getting A Piercing

A first piercing is like a rite of passage. You head to the piercing shop with your best friend or mom and come out with bedazzled earlobes and a major buzz to match. Although a first ear piercing is relatively risk-free, exploring other areas is more complicated. Piercings will instantly transform your look but are a huge change for the body too. To avoid infection and have beautiful piercings, you must take care. With that in mind, here are six things to know before a piercing. 

Use A Reputable Shop
An overly excited parent or friend isn’t a piercing specialist. Although the movies make it look easy, piercing any part of the body is tricky. Unless it’s done right, piercing could lead to scarring, infection, and other huge problems. Because of this, you must use a reputable piercing shop. Most tattoo parlors offer piercings too and are a much better choice than typical mall stands. 

Know Your Healing Times
Everyone knows that earlobes take around six weeks to heal. However, most other parts of the ear and body have different healing times. Most cartilage areas, including the helix, conch, rook, and tragus, will take anywhere from six to twelve months to heal fully, while dermal piercings take around three. Before picking your piercing, make sure that you’re prepared for this commitment.

Choose The Right Piercing
Once you know the healing times, you can choose what piercing you want. Many people do this by looking at other people with those piercings. You can also check out body piercing jewelry stores, like UrbanBodyJewelry, for new accessories. While you probably won’t be able to have yourself pierced using that jewelry, buying it before your appointment will build the excitement. 

Eat Before An Appointment
Before a piercing appointment, you must take care of yourself. Most people feel nervous on the day of their piercing, but that doesn’t mean you can skip breakfast. When you skip a meal, it will often result in low blood sugar, which can cause dizziness or fainting, especially when combined with a piercing. Make sure you avoid alcohol and get plenty of sleep the night before a piercing too. 

Avoid Any Piercing Guns
Piercing guns are usually used at piercing booths in malls and similar establishments. Although they sound less scary than needles, they aren’t great at piercing ears, much less anything else. They aren’t nearly as precise as getting pierced with a needle and can cause much more damage. If you use a reputable piercing shop, you’ll find that very few, if any, pierce with guns. 

Listen To Expert Advice
Before, during, and after getting a piercing, you should listen to the piercer. Many people head to doctors when something is wrong with a piercing, but the help they offer is rarely effective. Most doctors know very little about piercings, which means that they usually do more harm than good. For aftercare advice and any other piercing support, listen to the experts at piercing shops. 

If you plan on getting a new piercing in the future, make sure that you listen to the advice above.


Fun Ways to Instantly Transform Your Look

Are you in a bit of a style rut? Maybe you’ve been dressing the same way for a decade or have never really branched out with your look. Perhaps you’re going through a breakup and want to start from scratch by changing your appearance, or you might just want a fun way to express yourself. Either way, transforming the way that you look can be great for your confidence and your mental health, or it can just allow you to try something new. Here’s how you can go about it.
Change your hair colour
One of the most dramatic ways to instantly change your appearance is to change your hair. If it’s always been long, try a short style. If you usually wear it short then experiment with extensions. If it’s light you could for darker and if it’s dark you could bleach it lighter. You could try a fun colour like a bright or pastel shade, or just wear it in a different hairstyle to what you normally would. It could be straight, waves, curls, crimped, an updo if you usually wear it down, or down if you usually wear it up. If you want to make a change without making a commitment, you could go to a wig shop and purchase a wig instead. Lace front models look very realistic if you want a natural look. Otherwise, a simple wig will give you an idea of how you like a colour or length on you and you can try it out before making changes to your real hair. 
Try a new makeup look
Makeup is a fun way to switch up your look- with techniques like contouring and highlighting, smokey eyes and different lip shades you really can make a significant difference to your appearance. And best of all it’s completely commitment free, if you don't like it you can simply wash it off. There are loads of tutorials online for all kinds of looks and techniques so have a play around with your products.
Experiment with fake piercings and tattoos
Piercings and tattoos can look ultra cool and bring a bit of a different vibe to your overall appearance. But they’re a big commitment, and something you should think about very carefully before going ahead. Consider fake sleeve tattoos and clip on piercings and see how you like them, they will give you a general idea of how you’d look. 
Get some new clothes
Finally, a new style of clothing can make you look like a completely different person. If you usually dress quite plainly then why not go with something really different- you could get some dresses and try a girl girl look, or go with a punky/ goth type vibe. You could try a sporty look or a vintage look, there are tons of ideas on sites like Pinterest to give you ideas.