Since it was first spotted, the daith piercing has been gaining more and more popularity due to its unique placement. When did it start and who started it, you may ask? The popularity of the daith piercing, pronounced as “dayth” same like “faith” or “da’at” is attributed to Erik Dakota although experts claim it has been around longer than that, and has been part of traditions and religious affirmations.
Piercing has been around for thousands of years, and now people use them not only to uphold their culture, but also for creative expression. The daith piercing, located at the innermost cartilage fold just on the top portion of the targus, is said to have been named by a client of Erik Dakota, who is said to be studying Hebrew. It seems that the name was taken from the Hebrew word “da’at” which means knowledge. There is an anecdote connected to this story. As apparently, that particular customer decided to give that name because being able to figure out how to do the piercing requires someone to be quite smart. The daith piercing became popular when it was featured in Farim Musafar’s Body Play Magazine.
The process of getting a daith piercing is much like any other piercing but it requires a little but more skill due to the awkward location. Your professional piercer will sterilize the area that will be pierced, and then use a surgical marker to mark the points. Then, curved needle, which is a special tool needed for this type of piercing, will be used because it is a bit more difficult to access the area. The person doing the piercing must be very careful and precise. Once the hole has been done, the jewelry will then be inserted.
Due to the thick cartilage of that part of the ear, expect that it will feel more painful compared to your other piercings. People who have gotten this type of piercing also say that there might be more blood during and even after the process has been done. But you don’t need to be afraid as people who have had daith piercing say that although it is painful, and aftercare might require more than usual, it is still tolerable. And the uniqueness of the piercing and the wide variety of jewelry choices make all the pain and effort worth it.
There are many designs that you can choose for your daith piercing. You can go for the basic captive bead ring or ball closure ring. That is one of the most common you will see for a daith piercing, to make it a little different, you can look for the basic circular designs that have been altered. There are also designs that show a more bejeweled look, making the daith earring appropriate even for formal events.
Daith Piercing Cleaning and Aftercare
Like with any piercing, aftercare is very important. It is very vulnerable to infections, especially after it was just done. It needs be cared for and cleaned properly at least once a day in order to ensure that it will heal right. Experts say that it can take up to 12 months for a daith piercing to completely heal, this is because the position of the piercing is awkward. Aside from the fact that it is more likely to be vulnerable to elements such as germs or dust (when compared to other piercings like the belly button for example), there is also less blood supply that goes to that part of the ear so that there is less nutrients to reach the area that has been pierced, making the healing time longer compared to other parts.
What are the other things you can do to make the healing process shorter? One of the most important things is to avoid contact with the pierced area. Avoid touching it, and try to keep products such as perfume, makeup, skincare products and also strong shampoos and conditioners away from that area as they can cause irritation to the tissue that is still in the process of healing. Also make sure to change your bed sheet and of course your pillowcases often so that dirt will not get into the pierced area.
The most important thing is that you clean it properly. Use a small cotton ball soaked in warm soapy water, or saline solution and dab it onto the wound. Dry the area with a paper towel. Make sure to this every day to speed up the healing process. You can check out this tutorial on how to clean your daith piercing.
Daith Piercing Price
When getting any piercing, it’s important that you go to someone that is reliable and trained to do so. Especially for daith piercings, as they are in an area different from other piercings, and would even require a specialized tool to be done correctly. But take note that it would cost you more. A typical daith piercing might cost you around $40 – $60, if you go to someone or an establishment that is more popular and well-known, expect to shell out around $70-$100 for your daith piercing.
1. Dark Colored Captive Bead Ring
Here’s a basic captive bead design in a dark color, which is perfect because it makes the vibrant blue hair of the owner stand out. Notice the tragus piercing also complements the dark color of the daith earring.
2. Bejeweled earring
The combination of the different piercings makes this look elegant because of the jewels attached to it. This can be worn when you go to a fancy party or even a wedding of a family or an acquaintance.
3. Blue jewel
Keep it basic with the ball earring but with a pop of color.
4. Floral Daith Earring
Here’s a variation of the captive ball ring, but instead of balls at the end of the ring, you have a floral design instead. These particular design looks like it comes from one set, given the similarities in color and material.
5. Jeweled Heart Ring
If you are not a fan of floral designs, use a heart earring instead! It can be the perfect accessory for a date night with your beau.
6. Simple Cat-Shaped Earring
The combination of the daith and outer conch piercing is really cute. Even though these designs, a simple flower and cat shaped earring are basic, the unique placement of the piercings make it better than your average accessory.
7. Captive Bead Ring Paired with Jeweled Studs
Notice how the other multiple piercings seem to form the letter V on the owner’s ear? You can combine different designs to recreate this look, instead of choosing just one size for almost all the earrings.
8. Leaf Earring
- 1 8. Leaf Earring
- 2 13. Turquoise Floral
- 3 14. Majestic Purple Ring
- 4 15. Curved barbell
- 5 16. Simple thin ring paired with large diamonds
- 6 17. Lunar Beauty
- 7 18. Unique spiral
- 8 19. Colorful outer conch ring
- 9 20. Jeweled heart daith ring
- 10 21. Pearly combination
- 11 22. Small simple captive bead ring
- 12 23. Captive bead ring with jewels
9. Intricate Bejeweled Design
You don’t need any other earring when your daith earring is this intricate. Just look at all those rocks, you’ll surely be the belle of the ball!
10. Gold and Black Combination
11. Gold and blue fit for royalty
What a beautiful set. This looks like it’s fit for a princess. Notice how the daith earring looks like a crown?
12. Crystallized flower
13. Turquoise Floral
A beautiful earring to wear on a breezy, summer day!
14. Majestic Purple Ring
15. Curved barbell
16. Simple thin ring paired with large diamonds
17. Lunar Beauty
18. Unique spiral
19. Colorful outer conch ring
20. Jeweled heart daith ring
21. Pearly combination
22. Small simple captive bead ring
It doesn’t get any simpler than a small captive bead ring. You can focus on other accessories, such as funky nail art to compensate for the simplicity of your earring.
23. Captive bead ring with jewels
24. Silver bar ring
25. Queenly daith ring
Here’s a cute design to wear for prom. Perfect for those who want to feel like prom queen even for just one night!
26. Royal tiara
27. Curved bar and floral combination
28. Leafy combination
29. Simple jewels
Always tuck your hair behind your ear to show off even simple designs such as these.
30. Floral heart
31. Be loud in your colors
32. Leave the standard piercings empty
33. Industrial piercing
34. Basic moon design
35. Something for pet lovers
36. More jewels to choose from
37. Combination of industrial and daith piercing
38. Rainbow combination
39. Forward helix piercing
40. Double captive bead
41. Add a bit of sunshine
42. A different industrial piercing
43. Inner conch
44. Dark colored earrings
45. Like clockwork
46. An explosion of symbols
Now this is what you call a unique combination. There’s so much going on in this picture. You have the snake on the standard lobe, the peace symbol on the daith piercing, not to mention what looks like a skull or mask too.
47. The more, the merrier
48. Fierce eyes for fierce piercings
49. Short and sweet
50. Blues and green
51. Chain it up
52. Silver jeweled captive bead ring
This may still be considered a captive bead ring, but because it is not a complete circle, it looks more like a circular horseshoe don’t you think? Wear it for days when you need more luck than usual!
54. Jewels for the ladies
55. Stud rings
56. Two daith piercings, double the uniqueness
57. Diamonds are forever
59. A simple star earring
60. Heart on your sleeve
61. This pictures emphasized proper care and maintenance
This may be the result of improper care and maintenance. Notice how swollen the area of the piercing is. You can prevent this by following the aftercare and maintenance tips at the earlier part of this post.
62. Nail glam
63. Simple striking combination
66. Keep it cute by adding a Hello Kitty earring!