How to Hide an Ear Piercing
The joy of getting your ears pierced can be dampened when it runs up against the reality of your employment handbook, school’s dress code, or parents’ conservative mores. You can’t pop your earrings in and out, as they shouldn’t be removed for six weeks in order to allow the new piercing time to properly heal.Luckily, there are a few tricks to use for temporarily hiding new earrings, and several options available to us once you’re past the six-week period.
Concealing Newly Pierced Ears
Keep your first earrings in continuously for six weeks.If your ears have only recently been pierced, you should not remove your earrings for any reason. Doing so before the aforementioned six-week period is over risks bruising, bleeding, piercing closure, and an increased risk of infection.
- This point cannot be emphasized enough! If you believe you will be unable to keep your earrings in for this long, consider waiting to get your ears pierced until the circumstances of your life allow it. Clip-on earrings are one temporary possibility available to you which require no such time commitment, and magnetic earrings are even available to try on cartilage piercings.
- Cartilage piercings, however, often require a much longer time to properly heal, taking anywhere from three to twelve months.
Cut the ball off of a small, inexpensive post earring.If you elect to have your ear pierced with the smallest post available, you can remove the earring’s back, push the post as far forward as possible (while keeping it in your ear) and snip the ball off of the post with wire cutters. After pushing the post back into its normal position and replacing the earring’s back, the post may resemble little more than a tiny mole
- It is recommended that you enlist the help of a parent, and take extreme caution when using wire cutters near your ear.
Cover them with flesh-colored band-aids.The notable word here is “cover.” This will not make any secret of your ears being pierced, but it will obscure the actual jewelry. Try this if secrecy is less of an issue than coverage.
- Useful for playing sports or engaging in any athletic activity. Double-check that the leagues you’re a part of will actually allow this method before getting your ears pierced, though.
- Various combinations of sports tape and bandages can be used to achieve the same purpose.
Wear your hair long and down.Longer hair (anything past the piercing site on your ear, for our purposes here) is extremely advantageous for hiding earrings. Consider growing your hair longer before getting your ears pierced, if you believe you will have need to hide the earrings.
- Give yourself at least a few inches past the piercing height for consistent coverage as you move around.
- Generally effective for hiding cartilage piercings regardless of gender, as shorter hairstyles can still effectively cover that part of your ear.
- For occasions where you need to tie longer hair back, put it in a low ponytail and let the hair hang down over your ears while it’s pulled back.
Don scarves and hats when appropriate.While these won’t work in every situation (good luck explaining why you’ve got a scarf wrapped around your head at the dinner table), they can be useful in colder weather jobs, or when trudging to and from school. Beanies, headbands, and fur trapper hats can be pulled low over your ears to get the job done.
- Baseball caps can also help simply by pushing voluminous, springy hair downward, to better cover your ears.
Take proper care of your newly pierced ears.For several day after the act, both earring and lobe should be gently cleaned with rubbing alcohol, applied twice daily by a cotton swab or ball. Your earrings will become quite noticeable if the area becomes inflamed!
- Always wash your hands before cleaning your earrings and piercing site.
- Recommendations vary when it comes to the issue of whether or not to rotate your earrings; while some suggest rotating them slightly at night before bed, others suggest abstaining entirely. Adhere to the instructions of the professional who pierced your ears, but sources agree in their advisement against perpetually twisting and fidgeting with your earrings.
Keeping Your Earrings Quiet
Remove your earrings when necessary.A bit of a no-brainer, perhaps, but once you're past those first six weeks, simply remove your earrings when the situation calls for it. Bodies can close their piercing sites at unpredictable rates, but it's highly unlikely for them to close over a day or weekend.
- Most piercings will close without anything in them, taking anywhere from a few days to several weeks.
- A thin membrane may grow over the hole, without the hole actually closing; jewelry can typically be pushed back through this with minimal pain. Try lubricating the area with antibiotic ointment if you encounter any difficulty.
- Reopening the closed piercing is also possible, if the earrings must remain out of your ears for extended periods of time.
- Cartilage piercings, as opposed to lobe piercings, can remain without jewelry for a much longer time without closing. As was mentioned in part one, though, the healing process for these is also much longer compared to lobe piercings.
Use quartz retainers.Clear, quartz jewelry can be worn to keep the earring tunnel open with discrete results.While far from invisible, clear jewelry requires fairly close inspection to detect.
- Clear acrylic is less recommended for its quality issues, but it’s also a viable option.
- Clear jewelry is not recommended for your very first earrings; your first earring should be 14-carat gold or stainless steel, as these are less likely to cause infection or swelling.Other metals can also induce allergic reactions.
Choose flesh-colored jewelry.Small, flesh-colored posts work similarly to clear ones, but may be even less noticeable. Stretched ears in particular—while difficult to hide—will have more success with flesh-colored plugs.
- These can be found in a variety of materials, including acrylic and various silicones.
Take advantage of perspective with multiple piercings.If you wish to draw less attention to a second piercing, for example, try choosing a much bigger stud, jewel, or hoop for your first piercing. With the first piercing drawing the eye, your second piercing will be less noticeable.
Pick your battles.For as much as you may want to wear a certain style of earring, or to go for something more stylish like a rook, conch, industrial, or daith piercing, consider the environments you’ll be wearing these in. You may not have to expend so much energy hiding your earrings or arguing with your boss if you opt for minimalist jewelry, or more conservative piercing styles.
- At the same time, these areyourears you’re adorning. You should simply ensure that you’re aware of the situations in your life which may be less amenable to more adventurous ear choices.
QuestionI have 5 piercings in each ear, but soon I'll be joining military basic training. I cannot take them out, the ones on cartilage are recent. What should I do to cover them up?Community AnswerYou could get a clear plastic retainer, as small as possible. They are quite cheap and not visible from a distance. They can also be used in situations such as schools with strict piercing rules.Thanks!
QuestionI want to get snakebites, but my school doesn't allow it. I know I can get clear piercings, but can I get clear ones the first time I pierce them?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. All good piercing parlors will put in titanium or stainless steel for the beginning piercing because those will be less susceptible to infection, and mouth piercings have a tendency to get infected easily. I would wait until you have left the school you are at now to get them.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do to hide my cartilage piercing?Zno10Community AnswerAsk your piercer to put in a clear stud, or wear a beanie over it. Make sure to put on and take off the beanie very carefully to avoid getting the piercing caught. Your hair is not a safe option, because it can get caught in the piercing, and might even rip out the piercing if it's caught and you unknowingly tug it. A headscarf can also work.Thanks!
QuestionI'm getting my ears pierced tomorrow, and the day after that I have to go to school. I don't know why, but I don't like the idea of everybody knowing I just got pierced ears. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's really not a big deal. You probably just don't want the extra attention, and that's understandable. Most likely people will just say, "Oh, you got your ears pierced? How was it?" or something like that. You could try to cover your ears with your hair, but that's about your only option.Thanks!
QuestionIs it safe to cover a cartilage piercing with a band aid a few days after getting it done?Briyana SpencerCommunity AnswerIt may not be a good idea, because new piercings need air to help heal them.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I hide an ear piercing if I have to wear my hair up?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWear a low pony that covers your ears.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I need to cover a lot of ear piercings?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf they aren't new, take them out, dab some Vaseline on the holes, just enough to sort of "fill" the holes a little, then apply concealer. If they are new, cover them with your hair and/or a hat.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I hide a fresh piercing for physical education (pe) in my cartilage? I can't take it out.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerEither get a piercing retainer (you can find one on Amazon) or, cover it with a band-aid.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I hide my industrial bar for sports?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust use a clear retainer! You will have to buy one online as they aren't very common in stores.Thanks!
QuestionI got one of my ears pierced but my parents found out. I want to do my other. I don't have long hair or any hats. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerEither don't pierce your ears again or do it and face the consequences. That's how life works. There are consequences for your actions.Thanks!
- Do not fidget with your earrings while talking to your parents or boss. This draws attention to the piercing.
- Try not to tilt your head if you are wearing coupled earrings.
- Little can be done to truly hide an ear piercing upon close inspection. Be aware that there are no foolproof concealment methods.
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