Back to School: Retaining Your Piercings

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Back to School: Retaining Your Piercings

 

It is universally known that every beginning has an end; in every Alpha, there is always an Omega. True, it’s sad. But it doesn’t have to be this way all the time, right? Don’t want to let go of that rad piercing just yet? We feel you. School might be back but this piercing is here to stay!
When you don’t put jewelry on your piercing, the skin will begin to close and eventually, it will be difficult for you to put jewelry on when you wish to. If that happens, your options are either you get another piercing (which is uneconomical and painful) or just never remove the piercing in the first place. Tough choice but we both can’t have that.

 

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Brand Ambassador & MUA extraordinaire Violet Firehock goes from elaborate Septum Hangers to hidden retainers in 5 second flat.

How Can I Retain My Piercing?

So, how are you going to retain that piercing with strict policies looming over your school? Simple, by using retainers! That’s right. It’s just like the ones you use after you get your braces. But instead of retaining the shape of your after-braced teeth, it keeps your piercing hole open even if you’re not wearing a stud or a ring. These are made with transparent materials, not entirely invisible but plain enough and suitable to wear in different occasions.
There are many types of Retainers available in the market. It only depends on the location on where your piercings are. Retainers should be safe, biocompatible, and flexible like Bioplast or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) jewelry. You can totally wear them even if you’re pregnant, going for a hospital visit or an X-Ray coming up.

Eyebrows and Nose Piercings

Eyebrow retainers are known to be super discrete. Excellent at concealing, the clear eyebrow retainer is usually curved and has a small ball at the top of the piercing, holding the bar in place. There are many retainers that can cater nose piercings because it’s not just located in the nostrils but also in the popular septum. It’s available in screw studs that twist in your piercing and pins that have a straight stem.

 

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Our brand ambassador Marley Mitch rocks more delicate, finer gauge body jewelry when it’s time to simmer down the summer heat

Ear and Cheeks Piercings

You can get away with simple ear piercings because they are socially acceptable. But what to do with plugs and tragus piercings? Plug retainers are silicone that keeps your stretch and they need to fit your skin tone. For tragus, barbell retainers are a good choice. On cheeks, they’re usually on dimples and labrets can hide here really well.

Lip and Belly Piercings

Lip retainers are perfect for Labret, Madonna, and Marilyn piercings. The labret retainers have a flat piece of acrylic hat sits at the back of the lip and held in place by a clear O-ring. The post is barely visible in the front. For belly piercings, banana retainers are the best choice because the curved bar follows the curve of the body.

Taking Care of your Retainer

Retainers are disinfected before being packaged but you should disinfect it before putting it in. The most important part is hand hygiene, like how you do it for normal piercings. If you do get an irritation or infection after putting it one, maybe it’s from the contamination from your hands so cleanliness should be a priority.

As you can see, you don’t have to give up your piercings! You just need to find the right retainer for that beloved piercing. Keep those piercing no matter what with our help. Check out our online shop to choose the best ones for you. With retainers, you wouldn’t even know you have a piercing!

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