It’s likely you have ended up here because you want more information about helix piercings – what they are, how much they hurt, how long they take to heal, and so on. That’s not your only question. The availability of so many different kinds of piercings nowadays (the days of one ‘ear piercing’ are long gone) makes it easy to feel completely overwhelmed by all the options out there. We’re supposed to know that a ‘helix’ or ‘tragus’, or a ‘Daith’ denotes a type of piercing. How are we supposed to distinguish them from characters in Harry Potter?
If a helix piercing interests you, continue reading to learn what it is – aside from being the structure of DNA, of course – as well as the variants you can have done and the logistics involved with getting one. Here are some of the most breathtaking helix piercings worn by celebrities.
Celebrities with Helix Piercing
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A spike piercing has been placed in Cristina Scabbia’s left ear.
In her left cartilage, Christina Scabbia has a spike piercing and a small stud piercing in her ear lobe.
A total of seven piercings are visible in Chiara Ferragni’s left ear – five in her upper lobe and ear lobe, one in her cartilage, and one in her tragus.
At the world premiere of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, December 10, 2016, Jaime King wore a cartilage piercing, an earring with a jeweled setting, and an upper lobe stud.
In addition to two tragus studs, a cartilage jeweled stud, and an ear lobe earring, Danielle Bregoli wears an ear lobe earring.
On Cassie’s right ear, seven piercings are visible: three in her middle ear, one cartilage piercing, two upper lobes, and one lobe. The lobes of Cassie’s right ear are pierced, and she has a helix piercing within the ear as well. An elongated captive bead ring sits in her helix piercing on Cassie.
Sydney Sierota holds a piercing of the helix in her left ear. Wearing a ring around her ear sometimes gives it the appearance of an orbital piercing, but in fact, it is just a cuff and not a piercing at all.
Right on her right ear, Erika Costell has four piercings.
Maggie Lindemann has five piercings, including one in her left ear.
The 2016 Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on 9 December 2016 saw Maggie Lindemann wearing a total of seven different piercings in her left ear.
A total of five piercings can be seen in Behati Prinsloo’s left ear: two studs in her upper lobe, and three golden hoops which are positioned in her lobe, her cartilage, and her forward cartilage. The actress wore all five during The LACMA Art + Film Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
In total, Beyonce has five piercings along the left side of her ear cartilage.
Sarai Jones is pierced four times on her left cartilage.
The actor wore an estimated eight piercings during the Paris Premiere of Paramount Pictures release ‘Ghost In The Shell’ at Le Grand Rex in Paris, France on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Scarlett Johansson wore two helix cartilage piercings, one tragus, three stud upper lobe piercings, one forward cartilage, and one earring in her ear lobe.
Two new piercings were made on Jordyn Woods’ right cartilage.
Among the piercings in her left ear, Jordyn Woods has eight piercings.
As part of her birthday celebration at West 4 Tattoo parlor in New York on February 11, 2017, Chloe Grace Moretz had a new cartilage piercing. Despite wearing a few piercings, Chloe Moretz’s left ear has four piercings.
In the right ear of Brogan Burnside, she had seven piercings.
The left ear of Danielle Bregoli is pierced with cartilage.
The actress Ronni Hawk, who wore piercings in her left lobe ear and a ring piercing in her cartilage at Disney and Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’ premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, showed off two studs pierced in her left ear.
The 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which took place at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA on March 5, 2017, featured Normani Kordei with six piercings in her left ear.
A total of six piercings are visible in Maggie Lindemann’s right ear. Among Maggie Lindemann’s right ear jewelry, she wears five metal stud earrings.
The hoop piercing and 4 metal stud piercings in Maggie Lindemann’s right ear along the cartilage are the only piercings in her ear.
It is reported that Bella Hadid has four piercings in her right ear.
There are five piercings in Tasia Alexis’ left ear, including a lobe piercing, three in her upper lobe, and one in her cartilage.
In the upper left lobe of her left ear and in her cartilage, Tasia Alexis wears long drop earrings and jeweled studs, including one in her cartilage.
On January 7, 2017, Hailey Baldwin wore three piercings in her right ear at The Art of Elysium presents Stevie Wonder’s HEAVEN – Celebrating the 10th Anniversary at Red Studios Hollywood, 846 N Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.
In addition to two hoop piercings in her cartilage and auricle, one gold stud earring in the lobe, and one ornate stud in the right cartilage, Justine Skye wears several other piercings.
In her right ear, Justine Skye has four piercings, including two jeweled stud earrings positioned in her lobes and helix/cartilage, and two hoop piercings at the end of her helix/cartilage and the beginning of her auricle.
Chantel Jeffries has a cartilage piercing in her right ear connected with a chain to the back of the ear. Additionally, she wears a circular barbell in her forward cartilage, a gold jeweled David’s Star earring in her upper lobe, one tiny jeweled stud in her ear lobe, and one jeweled earring in her auricle.
Besides a jeweled ear crawler in her cartilage, a circular barbell in her fore ear, a gold jeweled earring in her earlobe, a tiny jeweled stud in her auricle, and a jeweled back-crawled earring in her right lobe, Chantel Jeffries wears many different styles of jewelry.
In her right ear, Chantel Jeffries has five separate piercings: a gold Hamsa in the lobe, a small jewel-encrusted bar earring in the upper lobe, a small jewel-encrusted stud in the auricle, a jeweled stud in the cartilage, and a circular barbell in the forward cartilage.
The piercing specialist at Benson Dingus Piercing Specialist, Chantel Jeffries, decided to pierce her helix when she stopped by for another piercing on August 1, 2016. The number of piercings in her left ear has now increased to five.
The left ear of Justine Skye features four piercings: two jeweled stud earrings in her lobe and helix and two hoop piercings in her helix/cartilage and earlobe.
Chloe Ferry was wearing total of ornate hoop earrings all around her cartilage, as well as an industrial barbell in her left ear.
Right behind her ear cartilage, Becky G got a new piercing. Additionally, she wears a jeweled stud in her upper lobe.
Normani Kordei Hamilton
The hoop Normani Kordei Hamilton wears in her cartilage is adorned with three jeweled studs in her left upper lobe, in addition to her three ear piercings.
In addition to wearing a Bij jewels earring, Normani Kordei Hamilton has two hoop piercings in her cartilage and three jeweled stud piercings on her right lobe.
Normani Kordei Hamilton wears three jeweled stud piercings on her right upper lobe as well as two hoop piercings in her cartilage.
Sofia Richie had six piercings in her left ear, all going down to the lobe – the cartilage is where the piercings begin.
There were six piercings along with Sofia Richie’s left ear, starting at her cartilage and going down to her lobe.
In her left ear, Sofia Richie has five piercings, including three cartilage/helix piercings, one auricle, and two lobes.
In Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, Sophie Turner had six piercings on her right ear, from her cartilage to her lobe, all along the edge of her right ear. At the Variety Power of Young Hollywood Event at NeueHouse, she had six piercings in total.
As Willow Smith arrives at the 26th Annual EMA Awards at Warner Bros Studios in Burbank, California on October 22, 2016, she wears three circular decorative barbell piercings in her lobe, cartilage, and tragus.
Willow Smith has four piercings on her right ear. She has a helix piercing and three-lobe piercings.
In this photo, Willow Smith wears a large hoop earring in her helix piercing. She also has three earrings dangling from her lobe.
As you can see in this photo, Vanessa Hudgens has six piercings in her left ear: a lobe piercing, a second hole on her ear that is vacant in this shot, three additional holes on her ear lobe, and a helix piercing on her upper ear.
Wolftyla also sports two jeweled earrings in the right ear lobe in addition to the cartilage piercing.
Shailene Woodley wears a drop earring in her left ear and two cartilage piercings in her left ear at the 26th Annual EMA Awards held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California on October 22, 2016.
During the Breeders Cup World Championship in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, November 5, 2016, Emily Ratajkowski wore a cross hoop earring in her ear lobe, gold stud in her upper lobe, and gold hoops pierced through her cartilage.
In New York, NY on June 6, 2016, Emily Ratajkowski wore a jeweled earring on her ear lobe and a ring hoop atop her cartilage to the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards held at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
As Cassie Ventura attended the Boys & Girls Harbor benefitting Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and his family at the David Koch Theater in New York, NY on Monday, September 26, 2016, she wore six hoop earrings along with the cartilage of her right ear, a gold button earring in her lobe, and a forward helix/cartilage piercing.
Currently, Cassie has seven piercings in her right ear – three forward helix piercings, one helix piercing, and three-lobe piercings.
There are two helix piercings in Debby Ryan’s left ear, and one lobe piercing in her left ear.
There are four piercings in Chrissy Costanza’s left ear: two helix piercings (a stud and a ring) and two-lobe piercings.
Her left ear has six piercings along its edge from her cartilage to lobe – Jhené Aiko has piercings from her cartilage to her lobe.
Pia Mia Perez
Two helix piercings have been placed in Pia Mia Perez’s left ear cartilage, and two more have been placed in her lobe.
Currently, Sierra McClain has five piercings in her left ear. She has four on her lobe and one in her cartilage.
Sierra Kusterbeck wearing an asymmetrical pair of VersaEmerge Arrow Earrings in her ear piercing.
During her lifetime, Kirstin Maldonado has had five piercings in her left ear: one in the lobe, two in the upper lobe, one in the cartilage, and one in the tragus.
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A pierced Kourtney Kardashian at Off White’s S/S 2017 fashion show on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Descartes’s university in Paris, France, wearing four piercings in her left ear.
The premiere of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ took place on Monday, August 8, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. Chloe Lukasiak attended the event.
In addition to three piercings in her left earlobe, Ruth B also has a cartilage piercing.
Kylie Jenner wore a stud earring at each ear lobe and five stud earrings in her cartilage, each imprinted with one letter of her name.
When Kylie Jenner attended an event on November 13th, 2011, she wore a cartilage piercing and large earring studs in her lobe piercings. The number of piercings she has since then has increased tremendously.
As seen in the photo above, Kylie Jenner is wearing hoop earrings all around her ear. A total of eight piercings have been done in her left ear from her cartilage to her lobe.
Helene Olstead has a nipple piercing and a helix piercing on her right ear in addition to a pair of lobe piercings on both ears.
A total of 15 piercings were performed on Fergie, 7 in each ear and 1 in each eyebrow.
In addition to normal earrings on her ears, Fergie also has six additional metal rings in her piercings.
The photo above shows Lindsay Lohan with a stud earring in her left ear helix piercing.
Lindsey Lohan has two earlobe piercings on her left ear and a helix piercing.
Nicole Richie has piercings on the backs of her left and right ears. She can also wear a chain from her helix piercing back to her lobes.
Coach And Friends Of The High Line Summer Party attendees including Chloe Grace Moretz wore four piercings in their left ears at the 2016 High Line Summer Party on June 22, 2016, in New York City.
During “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’s” Los Angeles Premiere at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, CA on May 16, 2016, Chloe Grace Moretz wore a stud earring in her left ear cartilage piercing.
The tragus in Bella Thorne’s left ear was pierced with a new piercing. Additionally, she wore four hoop earrings at the edge of her cartilage, three jeweled studs at the top of her ear, and two hoop earrings at the base of her cartilage.
There are now eight jewels in Bella Thorne’s left ear piercing holes: one moon-shaped earring, a butterfly, a jeweled hoop earring, and four pieces of stud jeweled earrings.
In her left ear, Belle Thorne wore five big hoop earrings, a gold one on her tragus, four pairs of earrings that alternated gold and blue all along the outside of her cartilage, two buttons at the top of her ear lobe, and one big earring with her name “Bella” engraved on it on the lobe.
A pair of cartilage cone earrings, a tragus little stud piercing and a star earring adorned Lilly Singh’s right ear lobe at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates’ at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California, with her right ear lobe pierced, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.
A piercing is located in Lilly Singh’s ear lobe, from which she wore a “love” ear jacket. She has one small piercing in the tragus area, as well as a triple jeweled earring in her cartilage.
A circular ring was pierced into the cartilage hole of Maddi Bragg’s left earlobe, which was pierced with two metallic small earrings.
This is a transcript of Maddi Bragg’s video titled “All About My Piercings 2014 | Maddi Bragg”. She explains that she got her first ear lobe piercing around the age of 8 and her second lobe piercing around the age of 13. After getting the third cartilage piercing hole, she reported high levels of pain that were unlike anything she had experienced before.
A medallion piercing, an elephant, across, and a white gold cubic zirconium earring set in 3 millimeters were pierced in Maddi Bragg’s left earlobe, and a turquoise piercing was located in her cartilage.
During her career, Maddi Bragg has worn 5 piercings in her right ear: three ornate studs in her ear lobe, a one-star stud in her cartilage, as well as a barbell in her forward helix cartilage hole.
As well as three earrings in her left ear lobe, a key earring, one stretching piercing, a small stud in her third hole, a ring piercing in her cartilage, and a rook piercing, Samantha Maria had several piercings.
In Los Angeles, Bethany Mota wore four piercings in her left ear during the Nickelodeon 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 12th, 2016.
A helix piercing is in Bethany Mota’s left ear, as well as three lobe piercings in her right ear.
There are cartilage piercings in both of Alessia Cara’s ears.
As Keke Palmer walked the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards Arrivals in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, she wore a jeweled stud in her helix piercing, a key-shaped piercing in her conch, a triangle piercing in her tragus, and a jeweled snake earring in her lobe.
When Ashley Tisdale attended the Art Of Elysium’s 9th Annual Heaven Gala in Culver City, CA on January 9, 2016, she had four piercings in her right ear: a big jeweled drop earring in her lobe, two jeweled stud earrings in her lobe, and a triangle earring in her helix.
She wore jeweled stud earrings encrusted with sparkling gems in her earlobes and cartilage in a performance at Q102 in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on March 15, 2016.
Two cartilage piercings are visible in Tinashe’s right ear.
Besides having helix and conch piercings, Zoë Kravitz also has a tragus piercing, a lobe piercing, and a puncture wound in her left ear.
Her helix piercing is laced with a massive jeweled stud, her conch piercing is cuffed, her tragus piercing has a small ring, and she wears drop earrings in her lobe.
Featuring a jeweled earring in her lobe and a stud in her helix piercing, Amelia Lily has a statement look.
Against the left side of her ear, Amelia Lily has three piercings. Throughout the picture, you can see that she is sporting a ring at her tragus, a stud at her cartilage, and Chanel earrings at her lobe.
Rowland has two lobe piercings on her left ear as well as a helix piercing in her left ear.
Raychel Diane Weiner
On Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, Vanessa Hudgens attended The 2015 Industry Dance Awards in Los Angeles wearing three piercings – one in her ear lobe, one in her upper ear lobe, and one circular barbell in her cartilage.
An ear crawler is in Emily Ratajkowski’s ear lobe and she has a piercing in her cartilage at the “We Are Your Friends” premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on August 8, 2015.
During the NYLON Young Hollywood May Issue Event at HYDE Sunset in Los Angeles, California on May 12, 2016, G Hannelius wore three piercings in her left ear. One is embedded in her ear lobe, one is embedded in her upper ear lobe, and one is embedded in her cartilage.
There are seven piercings in Lauren Elizabeth’s left ear: one hook piercing in her ear lobe, two small barbells in her upper lobe, two in the helix or cartilage, one in her tragus, and one hook piercing.
One of Shannon Harris’s left ear piercings is the ear lobe, one is the small helix/cartilage piercing, one is in the tragus hole, and the other is the forward helix/cartilage piercing.
Shannon Harris has an ear lobe piercing in one of the two holes in her ear, and two small helix/cartilage piercings in her right ear.
A drop chain golden earring is attached to MØ‘s ear lobe piercing, and a stud piercing is attached to her helix/articular cartilage.
On February 1, 2016, Lily James wore a heart-shaped drop earring in her ear lobe and a small jeweled piercing in her helix/cartilage hole at the European Premiere of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” at the Vue West End, Leicester Square in London, UK.
Chantel Jeffries’s right ear’s lobe was pierced with a triangle and a square stud, her helix cartilage with a hexagonal stud, and her helix cartilage at the forward end of her right ear with a ring.
The left ear of Dani Thorne was pierced with two cartilage piercings close together.
As well as the pearl lobe piercing on her right ear, Gigi also has a chain attaching her lobe piercings to the back of her ear.
Belle Thorne has six additional piercings with triangle drop earrings in her second hole lobe, five studs with jewels, and a metal ring.
Dawn Richard has four cartilage piercings on her left ear, as well as three lobe piercings. This Instagram photo shows her wearing jeweled studs in all of the ear piercings on her upper ear, but leaving the holes on her lower lobe bare.
Rachel Hilbert has two piercings of the helix in her right ear.
On her left ear, Katy Tiz has three cartilage piercings that are close together. A stud is worn in the third earring, and she wears hoops in the two top layers. A stud is also in her auricle piercing, and she wears an oversized hoop in her lobe.
Sky Ferreira had a number of piercings in her ears that were covered with jewelry from J Colby Smith. Besides the rook piercing, she has a helix piercing, two ear piercings side-by-side, and two-lobe piercings through which she usually wears an orbital ring.
Miley Cyrus’ left ear has a tragus piercing as well, and she has seven other piercings, including three lobes and four cartilages. There was a chain linking the two helix piercings on Miley Cyrus’s ears to the third lobe.
Besides wearing drop earrings in her earlobe, she is also wearing three hoop earrings in her upper-lobe piercings, and two jeweled studs in her helix piercing.
In the two cartilage piercings on her neck, Miley Cyrus wore a pyramid-shaped stud and a ring. In addition to the captive bead ring, she also wore diamond earrings studs in her lobe.
Besides three piercings on each lobe of Madison Beer’s right ear, her right ear has a helix piercing.
A stud earring is worn by Hayden Panettiere in her right ear helix piercing.
In the left ear of Mahogany Lox, there is a helix piercing.
A helix piercing and three-lobe piercings are visible in Cara Delevingne’s left ear.
Aside from her right earlobe and two eyebrow piercings, Kirstin Maldonado also has two cartilage piercings on her right ear.
Ashlee Simpson has three lobe piercings on her left ear and one helix piercing on her same ear.
The rapper FKA Twigs has four lobe piercings and two helix piercings in her right ear.
A stud is visible in FKA Twig’s left ear cartilage piercing, three hoops are hung in her lobes, and a cross-shaped stud hangs from her fourth hole.
Demi Lovato has piercings on her left ear with three helix piercings and two-lobe piercings.
During her SNL performance last month, Demi Lovato wore jeweled earrings and captive bead rings in her cartilage piercings. She also wore jeweled studs in one of her cartilage piercings and a large stud in another.