Do you pierce with a needle or a gun? Why?

We only ever pierce with a needle. Piercing needles are far superior for many reasons – they’re generally cleaner, more accurate, and less painful than piercing guns. And on top of this, piercers receive extensive training to use them, making it far safer for the person being pierced.

Can I be pierced whilst pregnant/ nursing?

We are unable to pierce women who are pregnant or nursing. This is because the body will be under immense stress from changes, which ultimately leave the mother and baby prone to an increased risk of infections, allergic reactions, and/ or rejection. We advise that you instead wait until nursing has finished before considering a new piercing.

Can my infant be pierced?

We work to the standards of the American Academy of Paediatrics, which recommends waiting until a child is old enough to take care of a piercing his or herself. Therefore, we prefer not to pierce those who cannot engage in a conversation about the risk and benefits of having their ear piercing.

How long will my piercing take to heal?

Do not use soap, alcohol or peroxide to clean your piercing. Chemicals can cause damage and increase the possibility of further complications. The only thing that should be used to clean a piercing is a sterile saline solution. This is something we provide as part of the complimentary goody bag we give you after your piercing.

Can I start my piercing with a ring?

Generally, we advise not to start off with a ring. First and foremost, the piercer should be informed of the end goal. They can then make an informed judgement on next steps, with your best interests in mind.

Some facts to consider if you do choose to start your piercing with a ring:

  1. Rings are more likely to get bumped or snagged.
  2. Initial piercings require jewellery that will allow your ear to swell slightly. A Labret post will need to be slightly longer at the back, so that the piercing is comfortable.
  3. If the decision is made to start with a ring piercing, we will need to use a larger ring for the body to heal correctly. This means that the diameter size of the ring will need to be larger, thus affecting the aesthetic look.

Can I sleep on my new piercing?

Ideally, we advise not to sleep on a recent piercing (especially cartilage piercings), as this can cause healing complications. The weight of the body on the piercing can cause it to move to a crooked or unflattering position and can result in unwanted scarring.

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How do I prepare for my visit?

Before your appointment we advise that you eat at least two hours before your piercing and keep well hydrated. Do not consume alcohol prior to your visit.

If you are below the age of 25 we recommend that you bring a proof of ID unless you are accompanied with a parent. Please note that we only pierce children ages 7 or over.

How do I look after my piercing?

• Always wash your hands before touching the piercing

• Clean your piercing at least twice a day until fully healed with a sterile saline solution spray and clean cotton buds

• Avoid submerging your piercing in water for 4 weeks to avoid irritation

• Do not remove or change your piercing until healed – usually up to three months for earlobes and up to 6 months for cartilage piercings

• Seek medical attention in case you suspect infection – please note that a pale and odorless discharge may be common

What is the youngest age that my child can be pierced at The Alkemistry?

We pierce children from 7 years and over.

Do I need to bring a parent or guardian with me?

If you are under the age of 25, we advise to bring ID with you to your visit with us.

We also require a parent or guardian to be present for children aged 16 and under.

What do I do if my piercing develops a bump?

Irritation bumps appear when the piercing is being irritated – this can occur if you sleep on the piercing, knock/touch it or if the jewellery is not suitable.

To get rid of the bump:

1. Fill a small cup with 1cm deep of saline solution.

2. Add two drops of pure tea tree oil.

3. With clean hands and clean ear, use your finger to massage the bump for 30 seconds, twice a day.

4. Repeat this for at least 2 weeks – as soon as the bump disappears continue for one more week.


Lobe: The Lobe is the soft, rounded, fleshy part of the lower ear. The Lobe allows multiple combinations of piercings for a unique, playful look.

Antitragus: The Antitragus is located just above the ear lobe. It’s a small triangular bit of cartilage opposite the Tragus that points towards the front of the body.

Conch: The Conch piercing passes through the shell-shaped structure of the external ear, named the concha. Conch piercings can be extremely fun and highly customisable.

Outer Conch: The Outer Conch sits on the arched part of the ear between the Conch and the Helix.

Helix: Subtle and chic, the Helix piercing is located on the outer rim of the ear that extends from the end of the Lobe to the Forward Helix.

Flat: The Flat is located in the flat space of cartilage below the Helix and the flap of cartilage where the Rook is located. Flat piercings provide a large area for unique piercing placement.

Forward Helix: The Forward Helix piercing is positioned beside the Helix, at the front of the ear and connects the ear to the head.

Rook: The Rook piercing goes vertically through the hard ridge of cartilage in the inner ear, beside the Forward Helix.

Daith: The Daith piercing is beside the Forward Helix and passes through the ear's innermost cartilage fold. This subtle placement is ideal for rings.

Tragus: The Tragus piercing passes through the small nodule of cartilage connecting to the face in front of the ear canal.