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Q: Yes I know your opinion on gun piercing that's why I'm asking about avoiding it. I don't want to be the only stylist who doesn't do piercing. There is absolutely nothing I can do to learn just piercing earlobes with out having to learn every piercing under the sun for 2 years? I find this hard to believe...


This is a follow up to a previous post.

There is no school to learn how to professionally pierce just earlobes, I am sorry. We don’t see earlobe piercing as just an earlobe. We take the act of piercing a client, in any location, very seriously. 

Before you can pierce someone you need to learn about all applicable styles of jewelry, their materials, sizing, and design. This might seem simple, but it’s actually quite complicated if you really care about the jewelry you put in people.

Before you can install that jewelry you need to know how to put a needle through someone correctly. The anatomical concerns involved, the design and function of a piercing needle, and the techniques and tools involved.

Before you can push a needle through someone you need to learn about sterilization. You’ll need to know how to operate an autoclave, and more than likely an ultrasonic tool cleaner. Their general scheduled maintenance, how to test and document their operation. Unless you are piercing with an entirely disposable set up you will need to have a sterilization room in your facility and know how to properly operate it. 

Before you can work in a sterilization room you’ll need to learn about cross contamination. How to properly clean a work surface, what disinfectants to use (and which to avoid because they are highly toxic) and how to use them correctly. How to avoid contaminating one surface or item after touching another. When to change your gloves, and what kind of gloves to wear to protect you and your clientele.

You’ll want training and certifications in all these areas, and many more. 

I’m sure my answer seems off-putting and I apologize for that. I do not know of any training that can condense all this safety information into an easy to swallow pill. I applaud your concern and that you want to learn how to pierce earlobes “correctly”. If you want to take this seriously then I would try talking to professional piercers in your area. Explain what you want to accomplish and they may be able to help you with advice or possibly some training. 

Many professional piercers and those who want to become skilled professional piercers choose to come to the APP’s annual training conference. You could take classes and receive certificates of attendance in many of the above listed categories of training. 

I’m sure if I said I only wanted to learn one aspect of what you learned in cosmetology school you would be put off. You might mention how you spent months or years learning what you know and how the idea of learning just one aspect in a short amount of time might offend your professional sensibilities. Please try to see it from the perspective of a professional piercer. I am not trying to insult you, I am simply stating that there is no short cut to learning how to just pierce an earlobe

Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach

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