Ear Piercing

Ear Piercing: Guide Helix to Tragus Piercing

Have you finally decided to take the plunge and get an ear piercing, helix piercing, Tragus piercing, or tattoo? Maybe you are in the decision-making process and want to have several. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose just one like tragus piercing. Especially when it comes to earrings that, let’s face it, look absolutely stunning. A curl tucked behind the ear, a ponytail, or a high bun and voilà – you have a very stylish, cool, and elegant.

ear piercing Helix piercing to Tragus Piercing
ear piercing Helix piercing to Tragus Piercing

So you want to get an ear piercing soon? Good. The thing is, ear piercings, well, there are plenty of them. And they all have different names that are a little weird and particularly hard to remember. How is a Daith different from a Counter-Helix? Not that easy to answer.

If you think about where you want to wear your earrings in advance, you can not only avoid mistakes but also know immediately how it harmonizes with other piercings. If you’ve always dreamed of getting a piercing but don’t want to completely surrender to the pain, then we also have a few tips on how to minimize the pain.

Ready? Here’s our guide to ear piercings, with all their names and a pain scale.


Each piercing has a different name depending on where it is located. At the ear level, it is important to know exactly what the differences are. Some can easily be mistaken for others. Here are the different types of ear piercings:

  • helix
  • Anti-Helix (or Counter-Helix)
  • Rook
  • Flat
  • daith
  • conches
  • tragus piercing
  • Anti Tragus
  • smoke
  • Lobe and Upper Lobe


The helix earring, also known as a helix piercing, is currently very popular and a classic among ear piercings. It is found on the cartilage at the top and outer end of the ear. Cool and elegant at the same time, as Chiara Ferragni proves, it goes particularly well with a gold or silver ring.

We love it… Doubled up, i.e. two small helix piercings aligned vertically.

*Pain scale: 4/10. The helix piercing goes through an extremely thin section of cartilage, making it the least painful cartilage piercing.


The anti-helix or counter-helix is, as the name suggests, the opposite of the mirrored helix. The two go really well together and you can opt for a small gemstone or a very thin mini-ring.

We love it… With a very delicate little ring that looks graceful.

*Pain scale: 6/10. The cartilage is slightly thicker than the helix, making this piercing a little more painful.


The rook piercing is very popular with pop singers (especially Rihanna and Beyoncé). Located on the upper part of the ear, it “captures” the small fold that our cartilage naturally forms and is always pierced vertically.

We love it… Featuring two small balls of gold or silver steel.

*Pain scale: 7/10. The cartilage is very thick at this point. A little courage and perseverance are required.


The flat piercing is located on the flat cartilage portion of the ear, midway between the rook and the helix. Super elegant and minimalist, it doesn’t go unnoticed and brings a lot of radiance to the face.

We love it… With costume jewelry with small diamonds or pearls.

*Pain scale: 4/10. Because the cartilage is very thin, it is one of the least painful ear piercings.


One of the most spectacular piercings is the Daith piercing. Both discreet and stunning, it is a real eye-catcher. It is a piercing that pierces the cartilage that forms a small fold in the hollow of the ear, just next to the tragus. Be careful with the Daith: you must put the headphones aside during the healing time.

We love it… With an Indian-style ring that brings light into the ear cup.

*Pain scale: 6/10. The cartilage is quite thick, so the process can be a bit painful. This piercing can relieve migraines because it is pierced at an acupuncture point and is therefore beneficial in the long term.


As the name suggests, the conch piercing is located on the auricle, the cavity that forms a recess towards the auricle. It’s super trendy right now and is the most discreet and cutest piercing of them all.

We love it… With an XXL pearl, like Zoë!

*Pain scale: 4/10. The cartilage is very thin there, so it should be almost painless.


The snug is a vertical piercing that follows the shape of the ear from the earlobe to the spiral. A small, discreet piercing that goes perfectly with earrings at the level of the earlobes.

We love it… With geometric details, for a sophisticated and minimalist touch.

*Pain scale: 5/10. The cartilage is thin and the pain disappears in no time.


Tragus piercing

The absolute stars among ear piercings. The tragus piercing is located on the small piece of cartilage that protrudes from the inner part of the ear in the middle of the ear.

Anti Tragus piercing

Its counterpart is therefore the anti-tragus, one of the trendiest piercings these days (and we understand why don’t we?).

We love them… With rings in the same color.

*Pain scale: 7/10 for the tragus piercing a very thick section of cartilage – 6/10 for the anti-tragus.


It’s the easiest to spot. The lobe piercing pierces the small piece of skin that is at the very bottom of the ear and contains no cartilage. Its twin, the upper ear lobe piercing, sits a few millimeters higher.

We love them… With matching hoop earrings.

*Pain scale: 2/10. These are the least painful ear piercings and they heal the fastest. Now it’s your turn. Which ear piercing do you choose?

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