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Ears Piercing

Ear piercingEarring are now essential accessories for every woman as much as rings bracelets.

Fashion always evolves and nose studs become more popular every day. It might be hazardous to claim that nose studs are now classical. But what it is indubitable is that two or ever three erring holes in your ears will allow you to change earrings as you please.

Ear Piercing History


The ear-lobe was probably man's first attempt at body piercing due to the ease with which it can be pierced. The oldest mummified body in the world was found frozen in an Austrian Glacier in 1991, tests showed the body to be over 5,000 years old. The body had pierced ears and the holes had been enlarged to 7-11mm diameter.

Ears were probably first pierced for magical purposes, very many primitive tribes believe that demons can enter the body through the ear, because demons and spirits are supposed to be repelled by metal, ear-piercing prevents them entering the body. Sailors used to have an ear pierced to improve eyesight, and if the bodies washed up somewhere it would pay for a christian burial. In many societies ear piercing is done as a puberty ritual, in Borneo the Mother and Father each pierce one ear as a symbol of the child's dependance on their parents.

Ear piercing is an almost universal practice for men and women, it's only in western society that it's deemed effeminate. At various times in history men wore elaborate earrings; during the Elizabethan era many famous men such as Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raliegh and Francis Drake wore gold rings in their ears.

"As the Roman Republic grew more effeminate with wealth and luxury, earrings were more popular among men than women; no less a he-man than Julius Caesar brought back to repute and fashion the use of rings in the ears of men."

"Jewels & Women; The Romance, Magic and Art of Feminine Adornment" Marianne Ostier, Horizon Press, New York, 1958
 

Nails r Us Code of Practice for ear piercing and nose piercing in the salon

 Nails r Us is a ear and nose piercing salon duly registered for skin penetration with the Hume City Concil. The Council assessed our procedures before issuing any permit.

We use the "Inverness Method" to pierce ears. This involves the use of a gun, into which are loaded pre-sterilised studs and butterflies. There is no personal contact with the stud prior to discharge and therefore there is no real risk of contamination in normal use. Where double packs of studs are used, if only one ear is pierced then the remaining stud must be disposed of. We keep accurate records of any piercing we perform.

You MUST purchase our antiseptic spray and you MUST use it regularly, since we can not be held accountable for your negligence.

We strictly follow the following procedure:

  • Wash and dry hands at beginning of session.
  • Seat customer, mark ear lobes, preferably with gentian violet pen.
  • Place clean paper tissue or towel on table top, or customer's shoulder.
  • Clean customer's ears with spirit swab (eg. med i-swab).
  • Wash operator's hands again and dry with a paper towel.
  • Open pre-sterilised pack and pierce ears.
  • Adjust tightness of earring in each ear using clean tissue to hold the earring. (This does not apply to nose piercing)
  • Dispose of plastic capsules or holders, swabs, and paper tissues and towel in plastic-lined bin.
  • Wash the hands again and dry with a paper towel.
  • Explain after-care to customer.

After piercing care

For proper healing and satisfaction with your newly pierced ears or nose, follow these easy cleaning instructions.

Please note: many of the problems arising from ear or nose piercing result from poor care after the piercing.

  • Cleanse the piercing twice a day.
  • Be sure to cleanse especially after shampooing, swimming or exercising.
  • Use our specially formulated Antiseptic when cleansing. You may use isopropyl alcohol as an alternative temporary substitution for Ear and Nose Care Antiseptic.
  • Always cleanse hands prior to touching your ears or nose.
  • Use a clean cotton swab to apply the Antiseptic.
  • Push the earring gently forward and backward, swabbing between your ear or nose and the earring or nose ring.
  • Rotate the stud twice daily to prevent it from adhering to the ear or nose.
  • Cover your ears or nose when using hair spray or perfume.
  • DO NOT remove earrings before the specified time: Earlobe Piercing: Keep earrings in for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Be careful that earrings don't get caught when brushing your hair or pulling clothes over your head.
  • Take extra care when exercising or playing sports.

Other Issues

  • Bacterial Infections
    Symptoms include increased pain, increased redness and an increase in the amount and thickness of the discharge. The infected discharge is usually thick and yellow, green or grey and may have an unusual odour. Consult with your physician or piercer and do not remove the jewelry until you seek advice. Removing the jewelry may prevent pus draining and cause an abscess to form.
  • Cleaning Agents
    Never use alcohol swabs, Betadine, chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, methylated spirit, or tea tree oil to clean your piercing. These do kill bacteria but they also destroy your healing flesh. The killed flesh then becomes easily infected.
  • Keloids
    Helix piercings are prone to keloid formation,and much more so when a piercing gun is used.
  • Lavender Oil
    This essential oil lubricates the piercing and is reputed to reduce scar tissue and prevent tightening. It must be used in its dilute form, a drop applied to the piercing with a cotton bud, the excess removed, and then the jewelry moved back and forth through the piercing. The correct dilution is 10 drops lavender oil in 15mls grape seed or sweet almond oil.
  • Sleeping
    Consider wearing a small patch of hypoallergenic tape over all piercings at night for the first week or two. They can easily become dislodged during sleep.
  • Smoking
  • Swimming
    Swimming is not prohibited while your piercing is healing, but you should only swim for short periods in pools that are thoroughly chlorine- or ozone-treated. If you swim in the ocean or waterways, do not swim after heavy rain since storm water run-off often contains bacteria and parasites.
  • Viral Infections
    Viruses such as Hepatitis A, B, and C, and HIV can penetrate a piercing that has not healed. These viruses may be present in the blood, saliva, semen, sweat and vaginal secretions of infected persons. Until your piercing has healed avoid any other person's bodily fluids contacting your piercing.
  • Vitamins
    Studies have shown that vitamin C and zinc promote wound healing. Aim for about 2000-3000 mg vitamin C and 100 mg zinc daily. Note that these amounts are not available in multivitamin tablets. Ask at your pharmacist or health-food store for advice on suitable products. If you are taking any medications, ask your pharmacist to make sure there are no interactions between them and the vitamin C and zinc you intend to take. For example, vitamin C can delay the absorption of the contraceptive pill - they should be taken at different times.

Nails r Us Piercing Prices

  Full Price  
Ear ......................... $ 35  

 

Prices might be subject to change. Please do not relay on on line pricing.

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