Post # 1
I wanted to get my second hole pierced but I’m terribly nervous to get it done at Claire’s! I’m worried the girl doing it will be like 16 years old and I’m a little embarrassed because I’m 25 and don’t want to sit in the window and get it done. We have actual tattoo/piercing places here but since it’s just a second hole on my lobe, it seems kind of silly to go there.
Anyone gotten their second hole pierced at Claire’s? Was it a good experience? Am I just being silly?
Post # 2
I would never let Claire’s pierce any part of my body (or any piercing gun, for that matter).
You’re gonna get bombarded with the science behind how nasty piercing guns are. I would just go to a local piercing studio and have it done correctly…by somone who knows what they are doing.
Post # 3
cooperlove: Please do not go to Claire’s or anywhere that uses a piercing gun, for that matter. Piercing guns are bad news.
Please go to one of the local tattoo/piercing shops and have it done there professionally.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
cooperlove: all jewellery at Claire’s makes me ears infected. Piercing guns are illegal in Canada so if they still use them that is no good.
Post # 5
cooperlove: I got both of my holes done at Claires (I was like 12 for the first and I think 17 for the second, lol) and I was fine. HOWEVER – if I had to think about it now, I’d prob just go to a piercing place. Better safe than sorry!
Post # 6
urchin: crackktheskyy: Pixienickie: weatherbug:
oh dang. okay, thanks. I’d probably feel better going somewhere legit. I had no idea piercing guns were bad or unsanitary or whatever. i just remember cringing when my roommate pierced her own cartiledge with a DIY gun from walmart. nasty.
Post # 7
Pixienickie: Are guns really illegal in Canada now?? I am pretty sure they’re still used all over the place in NS!
Post # 8
I had my first holes at a hair salon, second at faces, third at claires and 4th at claires…
none of it was a big deal. The guns – if they still use them- are NOT the same guns that were used 10 years ago, not by a long shot, I used to work there, they used to have a spring action, now it’s much more like a needle that would be used at a tatoo/piercing place.
Post # 9
I got all my piercings done at a professional shop and they were wonderful. I have never had a single hole made with a piercing gun, I just heard too many bad stories, but it is up to you.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I had my ears pierced at Claire’s years and years ago without issue.
I also used to work at Claire’s and pierce ears there – I was 18 when I did that job. Their piercing guns used all sterile prepackaged cartridges with the earring already in them. The earrings have a sharp point so they can more easily pierce through the ear. The cartridges were all disposable. But the “gun” part that the cartridge was placed into was not and was really never cleaned. Everything was wiped down with alcohol and we wore gloves but I can definitely understand the concerns.
Our training was piercing a piece of paper. Then in my case I pierced my managers ears once before moving onto customers.
I think if I were to do it again, I’d consider going some place else.
But in terms of just worrying about your age and going there – I pierced ears of people 3 months old to 75 years old, it really wasn’t a big deal. A few would ask we move the chair into the store so they were not on display to the whole mall and we always did that when asked. The only time I did not accommodate a woman was when she asked to have her daughter’s ears done in the back room. We couldn’t do that for many reasons and ended up just moving the chair to the back of the store.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
urchin: my mom owns a beauty salon. She told me the piercing guns are illegal (maybe it was the old school ones)
Post # 12
I highly recommend going to a piercing/tattoo parlor. It’s much more hygenic! I got my ears pierced at Claire’s when I was 13 and I shudder thinking back on it. I got my tongue pierced at a piercing/tattoo parlor and it was a great experience. People are actually trained and certified to work with blodo borne pathogens. If I have kids that want to get their ears pierced, I will absolutely be taking them to a piercing/tattoo parlor – I wouldn’t allow them to get pierced with a piercing gun.
Post # 13
When I was 9 I had my ears pierced at the Piercing Pagoda at the mall with a gun. My ears were always infected, not sure if that’s from the gun or from wearing gold earrings a lot which I later found out I’m allergic to. Probably a combo of both
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
I got both my first and second holes pierced at claire’s. Didn’t have any issues either time.
Post # 15
I got my first hole at Walmart (10 years ago), my second hole at Claires (12 years ago) and my third at Piercing Pagoda (6 years ago). I didn’t have any issues with it.
I got my cartilage (7 years ago) and belly button (5 years ago) done at a tattoo/piercing shop. I think if I were to get my ears pierced now, I’d just go to a shop rather than a mall store (my third piercing I got at the mall on a whim because my friend worked there and did it), but I think a mall store can be fine for a basic earlobe piercing.