The first time I got my ears pierced I was in junior high (I think lol)
and I went with one of my best friends who had talked me into
getting it done. I was scared, but also kind of excited! It was
supposed to be the next step in my tomboy to girly girl
transformation. (A transformation that never fully happened
btw. lol) I followed the after-piercing care instructions and
everything went smoothly, but once it was time to take out
the studs and replace them with actual earrings, well, that’s
where I dropped the ball. I took out the studs and my ears
never saw another pair of earrings again so of course those
holes closed up. However, now at 25, amid a potential
quarter-life crisis, I decided I wanted to have my ears pierced
again. Oh and I not only wanted one piercing in each
ear, but three. Go big or go home right? Lol
I have always been pretty tight with my money and quite the
bargain shopper so when it came time to get my ears
pierced I wanted to find the cheapest (and safe!) option. I
decided that this meant I was going back to that awkward
chair at the front of Claire’s (seriously though who decided
to put this chair at the front of the store?!). I walked into the
busy store a nervous wreck, surrounded by little girls being
chased by their dads, avocado themed accessories, and walls
of hair scrunchies and scarves I actually considered
purchasing (I held tough though lol).
I thought I was going to be judged for sure. 25 years old
and standing in line at a children’s jewelry store waiting amongst
the little girls and their moms to get my ears pierced. However, not
only did the staff not even blink an eye when I said I wanted to do
it, I wasn’t the only adult there to get it done. It was honestly
such a huge relief. (What wasn’t a huge relief was the long
line which gave me plenty of time to stand around rethinking
my decision and forcing myself not to walk out of the store. lol)
When it was finally my turn I hopped into the chair, told the
lady I wanted to do three piercings, and showed
her this inspo picture from Pinterest.
She took a quick look at it, completely unfazed by my
request. and set right to work placing dots on my ear to
mark the future piercings. She let me take a good look
at them after she finished by handing me a hand mirror and
then, when we both agreed they looked even, I chose my
studs (I of course went with the cheapest option
they offered lol), and she brought out the gun.
I was soooo nervous because I knew it was going to hurt.
(That was the one thing I did remember from the first time I got
my ears pierced and this time I wasn’t getting just one, but three).
However, I was sitting in that chair at the front of the store with
nervous little girls standing and watching me so I couldn’t show
them that it hurt! I had to be tough for them! Lol
She started on my left ear first.
Click. Okay that wasn’t so bad.
Click. Ow…okay…that one smarted a bit
Click. HOLY GUACAMOLE. OW!
At this point my ear felt like it was on fire with the pain just
radiating in white hot heat waves up my ear from piercing one
to piercing three. I was sweating hardcore at this point, but I was
holding tough (it totally helped that I still had to hold my
mask up to my face so you couldn’t see my full facial expression lol).
My piercer kept asking if I was doing okay (clearly I wasn’t fooling
her lol) and I answered back with a yup each time and then she
moved on to ear number two. I sat there as she again did
one, two, three piercings in my right ear one after the other
with no break. Unfortunately on piercing three there was a bit
of a snafu where she had to take another stab (literally) at it
because the stupid stud didn’t go in properly, but after that it was
all over. I had my ears pierced and by George, after all of this, I
was certainly not going to let them close up again.
I took a quick gander at all the accessories in the store and then
walked up to the register to pay for the piercings. For three in
each ear and including the price of the studs it ended
up costing me $70. Not too shabby if you ask me.
Before leaving they gave me an after care package that
included after care instructions and a 3-week rapid healing
after care cleanser and I used that with a q-tip to clean the
piercings three times a day for three weeks (which actually worked
out exceptionally well and I was done with the after care
treatment before leaving on the my road trip).
I never had any issues with infection or swelling, which was
a great blessing, and as far as pain, well, it went away
eventually. Lol I did have some bleeding throughout the
healing process, but I think that is pretty normal and it
wasn’t an insane amount. Just something I noticed
when I cleaned my ears, but it wasn’t enough to
get on my pillowcases or anything like that.
My Final Thoughts:
I would go and get my ears pierced at Claire’s again
without a moment’s hesitation. As I said the staff was
non-judgmental, they knew what they were doing, everything
was sanitary, and it cost me waaaaaay less to get it
done at Claire’s than at a piercing/tattoo parlor.
How many piercings do you have? Would you go to Claire’s
to get your ears pierced after reading this? Let me know in the comments!