A Daith piercing has an appearance that is much similar to that of a hoop. The piercing is placed on the inside of the person’s ear where the hoop hugs the cartilage securing itself in the ear. It is named Daith to complement its regional location in the ear is also known as the Daith region, which is the thick fold of cartilage located right above the ear canal. History of Daith Piercing The Daith piercing is a fairly modern invention that was co-created by Erik Dakota a body piercer, a visionary, and a Jewish woman piercing client with a metaphysical bent in 1992. He worked under the tutelage of Fakir Musafar. A client that belonged to Dakota who was studying Hebrew in college and was said to be the first to have named this piercing as “da’at” which has originated from the Hebrew word “Daath”. Which, in turn, originates from the Kabbalistic Tree of Knowledge. The term broadly means knowledge. She claimed to have named it so because according to her the piercer who came up with the idea of such a piercing must have been too smart and knowledgeable to figure out how to accomplish such a task. The Daith piercing made its first appearance in the Body Play of Fakir Mustafa along with the showcasing of the industrial piercing, the Apadydoe, and a massive dermal punch in the outer conch of the ear, all in the same play. Since the first appearance of the Daith piercing, the pronunciation of this term has been long debated. However, the general pronunciation accepted amongst the people is ‘Day-the” although “Daith” is also practiced by certain populations. Some people also pronounce it as “doth”, which is how Erik Dakota is said to have pronounced it when he invented the idea of piercing the crux of the helix of the ear. What kind of jewelry is best for Daith piercing? Daith piercing jewelry is pretty versatile hence you have a range of jewelry options from which you can choose. The piercing is suitable for a more subtle contemporary style as well as for anyone who seeks sparkly bling for their ear. Some really sought after designs for Daith piercing jewelry are: Daith piercing hoops. Hoops are the most versatile piece of ear jewelry and they are super easy to wear. Daith hoops are perhaps one of the most common go-to choices for Daith jewelry. These are also available in a range of styles. They come in the form of captive bead rings, seamless rings, segmented rings, and many more other forms. Captive bead rings or even fixed bead rings are the most preferred choice for fresh Daith piercings as these styles are easy to clean and they sit quite comfortably in the ear reducing the discomfort felt from a new piercing. Daith piercing hoops are the best choice while your piercing is in the healing process according to experts. Daith piercing – clicker rings Clicker rings are not just famous for Daith piercings but also for septum piercings. Clicker rings are available as perfectly round or even a semi-round depending on your preference. Clickers are one of the most versatile styles for Daith piercings and they give you a range of selections to choose from. You can go as far as having diamonds and other fancy gemstones on your clicker for a blingy and colorful option or you could stick with plain metal clicker rings. You could go for plain metal rings or detailed ones, once again the options are endless. Since the design of the clicker rings can be quite heavy on the ear, it is not recommended for fresh piercings or until the healing process is entirely finished. Moreover, since clicker rings do not entirely rest on the ear there can be movement in them which could cause discomfort while sleeping or during any physical exertion. The decorative nature of clickers tends to ask for higher maintenance as they can be a bit difficult to clean, and if not cleaned properly it could also cause infections. If you still prefer to go for clicker rings as your initial option, then a clicker ring that has a relatively thin gauge would be more suitable. Daith Heart Shaped rings The heart-shaped ring is quite a sophisticated choice and looks chic and wonderful and almost all ears. One of the reasons why the heart-shaped Daith ring looks so appealing is because the ring tends to mimic the curve of the ear. After Daith piercing hoops heart-shaped Daith rings are also preferred for fresh piercings as they are super easy to clean and also, they are quite easy to put on and remove. Moreover, heart-shaped Daith rings do not contain any hinges and are mostly seamless and smooth, hence it greatly reduces the chances of infection. Daith Barbell Jewelry Barbells are a great choice, very trendy and it is more of a street style. However, these are not recommended for fresh piercings. This is because barbells are not entirely fixed to your ear and hence, they move back and forth, they tend to snag on clothes and sheets, which can aggravate your piercing during sleep, and they also tend to put more pressure on a piercing, thereby prolonging the healing time excessively. It is always preferred to start with ring Daith piercings and then switches to barbells once the piercing site has entirely healed. Although barbells can be a bit hard to clean, they are still a stunning choice. They are available in quite a few designs as well. There are circular barbells, curved barbells, and straight barbells. You can select whichever complements your style or your other piercings if you have any. Daith Jewelry Metal It is not enough for you to just select the design of your Daith piercing. As a matter of fact, the metal you choose is just as important as your choice of metal if not more. The metal you choose could aggravate your piercing, cause infections, or prolong the healing time or even cause allergies. Hence it is always recommended that you go for hypoallergenic or biocompatible metals such as surgical stainless steel, titanium, or even gold. These metals may add more to your cost of Daith piercing, but it would most definitely be worth it. The pain of Daith piercing Similar to anything that involves a needle it is quite natural for one to be worried as to how painful the process might be. Although Daith piercing is considered as one of the more painful types of piercings out of the lot, it still feels like a dull pressure compared to the sharp nip felt during helix piercings. Yet pain can be a very subjective notion. Hence it can be quite an ardent task to predict exactly how painful it may be for you. And different people have a tolerance to pain, their reactions also vary. Getting any type of piercing can indeed be an uncomfortable process. More so in the case of Daith piercing as the tissue in the upper crux of the ear is thick and quite dense, hence it takes a longer time to get the needle through, which can result in pain. During the process, you may experience a sharp sting in the beginning and then a numb ache as the needle proceeds through the inner cartilage of your ear. The pain may last for a couple of hours after the piercing of even up to a couple of weeks. Another thing that can make some difference to the process is, how mentally prepared are you for the process? If you sit in the piercer’s chair believing it is going to be fine and that it may not hurt a lot or not at all then it may not cause you as much discomfort compared to when you are scared out of your mind on the chair. The process is bound to cause you more pain if you are nervous and unsure. For some people it may not be painful at all while for others it could be one of their most painful experiences. Sometimes who the piercer is can also make a significant difference. Daith Piercing Healing and After Care Daith piercing can take a very long time to heal compared to other piercings. The healing period differs from person to person, the average time period ranges from six months to nine months after the piercing. Yet sometimes it may take even an entire year for the ear to entirely recover back to its original condition as is common for all cartilage piercings. The soreness that comes with the piercing is unlikely to last the entire healing period, yet it is important that the piercing is well taken care of. It is not recommended to sleep on the side you received the Daith piercing until it completely healed, as it could be aggravated during sleep and cause an infection. Compared to outer piercings one can sleep back on the same side within a couple of months. The care for Daith piercings in the initial month is paramount. You can follow the piercer’s directions in order to have a safe healing process. Daith piercings and Migraines It is a common notion that a Daith piercing can relieve migraines and other similar headaches. Hence many people tend to get the Daith piercing for this reason alone. However, there are no scientific studies to prove this claim. Therefore, whether they have any medical applications or not is an intensively debatable topic. Anecdotally speaking people suffering from migraines do claim that having a Daith piercing has caused them some relief. Some scientists believe that even if it does help certain people it may just merely be a placebo effect while others argue that it does help since the Daith piercing falls on an acupressure point. Yet there have not been any decisive and concrete studies on the matter to provide a solid conclusion. How much does a Daith piercing cost? The cost of Daith piercing is similar to the cost of any cartilage piercing. The cost usually varies with the design you select and the jewels you choose for the piercings. The more valuable the jewels the higher the cost. However, the average range is between $30 to $80 plus any added extra jewelry of your choice. Conclusion Thoughts A Daith piercing is currently one of the flashiest trends concerning ear piercings. It serves a person’s unique taste while maintaining a cool and stylish look. There are multiple ways to place the Daith piercing in your outfit, it has the versatility to complement classy styles to more casual ones. The Daith piercing requires a specific curved needle that was devised by Erik Dakota. Although a Daith piercing is considered a more expensive piercing compared to the rest because to achieve the piercing itself is tricky and requires great skill. An actual Daith should be done in a manner in which the bottom part of the hoop appears to be coming directly out of the ear canal. If both the entrance and exit of the hole of the ring is visible to the viewer’s eye, then it cannot be considered as a true Daith. Hence the technique for this piercing is pretty advanced and it is paramount that you get the job done by the right person.