Finding your perfect helix hoop size depends on a couple of factors:
- Your individual anatomy - everyones ears are different so the diameter you need will be based on your skin thickness and ear shape. Unfortunately body jewellery isn't universal, so what works for one person may not necessarily work for you.
- Your piercing placement - a helix can be pierced at different heights on your ear cartilage, we refer to these as low helix, mid helix and top helix at CHL. These variations can all have different bar length requirements, especially if you have thicker or thinner skin in certain areas. If your piercing is closer to the edge of the ear this can be the biggest factor to take into consideration when choosing the correct hoop diameter for you.
|Bar length for labret/barbell||6mm - 8mm|
|Inner diameter for hoops (for piercings closer to edge of ear)||5mm - 7mm|
|Inner diameter for hoops (for a looser fit)||8mm - 11mm|
Hoops can be worn in healed helix piercings, with the size you require depending on your anatomy and also personal preference. If your piercing is closer to the edge of the ear and you like a close fitting hoop, then a smaller inner diameter will be best for you. Always make sure there is at least 1-2mm space between your skin and the jewellery otherwise a hoop which is too tiny can cause discomfort and irritation.
As a helix is typically one of the first cartilage piercings most people get, labrets and barbells are commonly used in this area of the ear. The bar length you need will depend on your skin thickness and piercing location, recommended lengths are usually 6mm or 8mm. For a short and snug fit, we recommend a 6mm length, if you have thicker cartilage or prefer to leave a bit of space either side then an 8mm may be better suited.
It's usually a process of trial and error to find your perfect fit, however we always recommend visiting your local piercing studio who carried out your piercing as they will be able to measure your ear and offer some professional advice.
As you can see in the image below, I can personally wear a 6mm inner diameter hoop in various piercings very comfortably due to my individual anatomy and piercing placements.