How to Pierce Eyebrows: A Step by Step Guide
In recent times, body piercings have evolved into a major fashion trend especially among millennials. So learning how to pierce an eyebrow is something any piercer should know.
Luckily, today we'll show you not only how to pierce eyebrows, but also how to care for the piercing, and the types of jewelry you should be familiar with.
What are the Different ways of Eyebrow Piercing?
Eyebrow piercing can take two primary forms: horizontal or vertical piercing. Vertical piercing involves guiding the needle from bottom to the upper side of the eyebrows especially near the end of the eyebrow. Multiple piercings on each eyebrow can be made as vertical piercing leaves sufficient space. On the other hand, horizontal piercing involves guiding the needle along the middle of the eyebrow hairline. A safe practice is to have the piercing done from the middle towards the temple as opposed to the middle of the forehead, to avoid damage to facial nerves. A client can choose to have single or double piercings on the right or left eyebrows or both.
Factors to Consider Before Piercing Eyebrows
Piercing people’s eyebrows is a sensitive undertaking as a lot could go wrong if the person doing it is not well informed or careful enough. In this respect, it is advisable that individuals should not pierce themselves, but should turn to a professional who will use the right instruments and offer prudent advice. First among the key factors to consider is the age of the client. It is crucial that the client is an adult of sound mind who has made a deliberate decision to pierce eyebrows without coercion or intimidation.
Secondly, the person who is conducting the piercing needs to have proper training and experience to avoid injury and infections arising from poor workmanship. Usually, eyebrow piercing is done in beauty shops or by established cosmetologists. Additionally, professionals should obtain a license from local authorities.
Thirdly, it behooves the body piercer to have the right equipment and accessories including sterilizing agents. Moreover, an eyebrow piercer needs to figure out the cost of the service taking into consideration the customer requirements. An impeccable knowledge of piercing jewelry would come in handy. In fact, if you are a professional piercer, dealing in body piercing jewelry might boost your income, as these services are complimentary.
How to Pierce an Eyebrow
1. Preparation of piercing equipment skin surface
Eyebrow piercing can be carried out using a hollow piercing needle specially made for surgical purposes. Use sterilizing spirit to free the needle from infectious substances, and wash your hands with disinfectant. Wear disposable gloves where possible. A Pennington clamp is needed to ease the piercing as opposed to grasping the skin and muscle using hands.
2. Preparation of the skin surface
It is important to have a cleaning agent for the skin surface such as saline water or sterilizing spirit and a clean towel or gauze. Use of antiseptic is not recommended as it may damage the skin. A numbing gel is useful for persons with low tolerance to pain. Mark the piercing points using a pen or marker.
3. Actual eyebrow piercing
At this stage, the client has identified the piercing site, and you have cleaned it and disinfected the piercing tools. Ensure the client is sitting or lying down. Grasp the muscle with the Pennington clamp and pull the clamp away from the eye. Drive the needle from the bottom for vertical piercings or from the middle towards the temple for horizontal piercings. Poke the needle at the first mark and push it to come out at the other point with care and accuracy. After successful piercing, gently remove the needle.
4. Placement of jewelry
After removal of the piercing needle, insert the chosen jewelry on the eyebrow piercing and fasten it. This will prevent the piercing hole from closing up. An important rule of thumb involves the use of the same gauge of jewelry as the piercing needle for a perfect fit. It is crucial that the jewelry is sterilized and made of a human-friendly material. You should avoid amateur jewelry to prevent rejection and infection.
5. Piercing aftercare
The Body Piercing Mag recommends that the pierced spot be cleaned regularly using warm, saline water or surgical spirit. Also, the eyebrow piercing should not frequently be touched or pressed. The piercing professional should remind the client to take care not to sleep on the piercing and to avoid shaving or plucking the affected eyebrow. Equally important, antibiotic ointments, makeup and beauty lotions should not be applied before the eyebrow piercing heals. Moreover, the person should not remove the initial jewelry until advised it is safe to do so.
Healing and Health Concerns of Eyebrow Piercing
Whenever a part of the body is pierced, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, scarring and sometimes nerve damage. Mary Gavin, a health expert at Kidshealth.org, explains this is the reason why professionals must be licensed to carry out the piercings, and their premises and activities monitored in the United States. According to the Center for Young Women’s Health, the healing time for eyebrow piercings is 9-12 weeks. After this, a client can comfortably change jewelry or even stay for a long duration without a jewel with no risk of closing up of the hole.
Jewelry for an Eyebrow Piercing
There is a wide range of eyebrow piercing jewelry including barbells and rings. There are international regulations for body jewelry that make them safe for use. You should advise your clients to use steel and titanium that are ASTM F-67 and F-138 as well as ISO-5822-1 compliant among others. Most manufacturers of these jewels stick to professional standards even when they coat some parts of the jewels with gold, silver or include diamond.
Eyebrow piercing is not only sexy and cool but also rebelliously fashionable. Ensure your client has instructions to keep the piercing clean, healthy and beautiful.