Post # 31
I asked my parents when I was in kindergarten and we went to the mall to get it done. Not at a Claire’s, but something similar. Personally, I would never pierce an infant. Piercings are a personal choice, so I would wait for my child to decide.
Post # 32
My mom got it done at the doctor’s office when I was under 2. I let them close up and had to get them repierced at Claire’s probably about 2 diff times just because I would get in a mood where I didnt want to wear earrings. Funny cus I absolutely never leave the house without earrings now. I plan on getting my daughter’s ears pierced when she is young by her physician but if they end up closing, then its up to her if she wants to get them repierced when she is older (the same thing that I did) but I know I wont be letting her get them at Claire’s lol. I’ll take her to a professional piercing shop instead.
Post # 33
I wasn’t allowed to get my ears pierced until I turned 10. My mom took me to Claire’s, which I was convinced was the coolest place on earth. My mom tried to take me somewhere more professional, but I only wanted to go to Claire’s.
Post # 34
Piercing Pagoda is a chain! It’s were I got mine done as well.
I had mine pierced the first time as a baby, they closed and got repierced a few times as a kid. I got my second holes and my cartilage done in middle school and my third holes in high school. All were done with a piercing gun. I had my cartilage piercing for about 10 years and it never healed, it got infected constantly until I eventually just took it out and let it heal up. I still have my three lobe holes, but I never wear earrings anymore.
Post # 35
First holes done at Claire’s when I was 9, second holes and conch done by an APP certified piercer at a piercing shop. Ex BF is now a body piercer, so I always go to him for advice!
Post # 36
I went to a Claire’s when I was 11 – it was the summer between 5th and 6th grade. My mom had originally told me I had to wait until I was 13, but I think I begged enough and wore her down to the point where she caved in a little early 🙂 I ended up getting another set of holes a few years after that…and a third set plus my cartilage when I turned 18 and didn’t need her legal permission (yeah, she wasn’t terribly happy about those…) Those were all at a Claire’s too. I also got a 4th hole in one ear when I went away to college and had that done at a tattoo shop. That one healed much better than all the rest (Especially that cartilage! It occasionally still feels tender and I took it out over 10 years ago!) Now I only wear earrings in the first holes.
I think if I have a daughter I would probably wait until she is around 10-ish or when I thought she was responsible enough to clean and care for the piercing and go to a professional body piercer.
Post # 37
I’m very much in the “they need to decide for themselves” camp… what if she grows up not wanting them? My daughters had theirs pierced at about age 8 when they asked.
Post # 38
I can’t remember if my first ones were at 6 or 8 :s one of them and they were done at the chemist, my second set I got at 11.
I don’t really understand why people pierce babies ears, if I have girls I think they will need to be over 6 and decide for themselves
Post # 39
I got mine pierced the first time at Claire’s when I was in 2nd grade, but they closed up because I didn’t take very good care of them and found them to be painful. I believe I got them repierced at Claire’s when I was in middle school. Again, I let them close up.
I forced earrings through the basically closed holes for my best friend’s wedding when I was 22, and that’s the last time I ever wore earrings. I’m 29 now. I don’t miss earrings at all!
I will not let my daughters get their ears pierced until they are at least 15.
I may get flack for this, but I think babies look totally strange with pierced ears.
Post # 40
Like many South American women of my age, I had my ears pierced at the hospital when I was a day old. I understand this is controversial in other cultures. I am child free by choice so will not have this decision to make, but for all it counts, I am glad that it was done and I obviously don’t remember it. I have forever wanted another piercing but I am too much of a coward to get it done, so if it was up to me to get them done I wouldn’t have the guts to do it. I love wearing earrings, so glad I have the piercings.
Post # 41
I got mine pierced at maybe a year old? At a doctor’s office….. As an adult the piercings are uneven. One is very close to the edge of my ear so wearing anything other than post makes we weary.
Post # 42
I was about 7 or 8. I had to ask my parents for them, and then I had to show them I was responsible enough to keep them clean by keeping my room clean for several weeks. I plan to do the same with my daughter because I’m totally pro-body-autonomy/pro-choice when it comes to making decisions for yourself. I understand why people pierce their kids ears when they’re younger. It’s just not for me, personally.
It’s actually super easy to mess up piercing ears and like a PP already stated, piercing guns are less than ideal for so many reasons. I was helping a friend train to use one at work one day, and one ear, she double-squeezed the gun because it didn’t go through the first time, essentially piercing my ear twice in the same spot. The next ear, the gun jammed on my ear, with the jewelry inside the gun. They ended up being crooked and oddly spaced compared to my centered first-holes. Please, please, please let a licensed professional do it with the proper equipment. I even knew better when I was helping my friend, but obviously that didn’t work out well for me.
Post # 43
I got my ears pierced at 5 at a place like Claire’s, though I can’t be sure if it was an actual Claire’s. I did want it done, I asked for it since my sisters were getting theirs done. I remember it hurt really bad, I cried, and I’ve since noticed they’re crooked, not only visually, but it’s tough to get earrings in because the holes were punched at a slant. I was never able to get them to close though, so I just deal.
As a teen and young adult I got really into the piercing community. Nose pierced at 15, lip done at 17, tongue at 18, eyebrow at 20. None of those hurt as badly as I remember my ears hurting. Needles just go in more smoothly, so they slice instead of tearing like guns do. This means less pain during piercing and faster healing time overall. Not to mention the cleanliness factor and the fact that it’s a professional and not whatever teen they hired last month.
When I have children if they want their ears pierced I will be taking them to a piercer and not a mall store or kiosk.
Post # 44
I got mine done at Claires when I was 8. I think it was a pretty good time to get them done but it was completely my decision. Id never force my child to get them done but wouldnt deny them it until they reach a late age either. I know many friends whose parents made them wait until 15/16 and they were very resentful.
Post # 45
I had my first set done at 13. My mum was adament I had to wait till then as she said kids need something to look forward to. As happens with younger siblings, my sister ended up getting hers done at 11. Typical!
I had my second set done at 14 and I have a third hole in one ear which