Types of Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow piercings have become a popular form of self-expression and can be a unique addition to anyone’s style. Here is a brief overview of the history of eyebrow piercing: Ancient Egyptian civilisation, dating back over 4,000 years, depicted both men and women with adorned eyebrows.

Pharaohs and high-ranking individuals wore decorative jewellery on their brows to symbolise status and beauty. It was believed that piercing the eyebrows could obtain the goddess’s favour and enhance their attractiveness.

Many indigenous cultures worldwide have practised eyebrow piercing as a form of cultural expression and identity. For example, certain Native American tribes in North America used brow piercings as part of ceremonial rituals and to signify bravery or coming of age.

In some African cultures, eyebrow piercings were adorned with beads or feathers, representing social status or tribal affiliations. Eyebrow piercing experienced a resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s during the punk and alternative subcultures. Pioneered by punk rock musicians and their followers, eyebrow piercings symbolised rebellion, non-conformity, and individuality.

In the 1990s, eyebrow piercing gained popularity in mainstream culture, thanks to the influence of celebrities and the rise of body modification as a form of self-expression. The most popular types of eyebrow piercings are:

Standard Eyebrow Piercing: This is the most common type of eyebrow piercing and involves a single piercing above the eyebrow, typically in the thickest part of the brow. Do you know standard piercings have two types of piercings? One is vertical piercings or the other is horizontal piercings. Vertical eyebrow piercing is an external piercing that places a piece of jewellery above the eye vertically. It is considered a unique and edgy variation of the traditional horizontal eyebrow piercing.

Anti-Eyebrow Piercing: Another popular type of eyebrow piercing is Anti eyebrow piercings also known as teardrop piercings. This piercing is done below the eyebrow. Unlike the traditional eyebrow piercing, which is placed through the eyebrow itself, the anti-eyebrow piercing is located on the skin just below the eye or on the cheekbone. The most common jewellery options for anti-eyebrow piercings are surface bars or curved barbells. Surface bars are specifically designed for surface piercings, as they have a flat base that sits flush against the skin to reduce the risk of rejection or migration. 

Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing: Horizontal Eyebrow piercing is similar to vertical piercings, also called transverse eyebrow piercing, this is a piercing that involves placing a piece of jewellery horizontally above the eyebrow. A straight barbell is the most common piece of jewellery for horizontal eyebrow piercings. The barbell goes through the eyebrow horizontally, with the ball ends on either side. The length of the barbell will depend on the thickness of your eyebrow and the amount of swelling that may occur after the piercing. Choose your jewellery made of high-quality materials, like surgical stainless steel/titanium.

Double eyebrow Piercing: one of the famous and stylish piercings is double eyebrow piercings .it has two types, vertically and horizontally above the eyebrow. They can be done side by side or stacked on each other. It is famous for individuals looking to enhance their eyebrow area and create a more unique and stylish look. Here are some key points about double eyebrow piercings. The jewellery options for these piercings depend upon the piercer’s recommendations or your choice. Common choices include straight barbells, curved barbells, or captive bead rings. Choose your jewellery made of high-quality materials like surgical stainless steel /titanium.

Bridge Piercing: “This piercing is done across the bridge of the nose, between the eyebrows. It is also known as an “Erl” piercing”. It creates a unique and striking look, accentuating the bridge area. A straight barbell is the most common piece of jewellery for bridge piercings. The barbell sits horizontally across the bridge, with the ball ends on either side. “It’s important to choose jewellery made of high-quality materials like surgical stainless steel or titanium to minimise the risk of irritation or allergic reactions”. Each person’s experience with a bridge piercing can vary. Some individuals experience minimal pain and quick healing, while others face challenges or complications. 

Spiral Eyebrow Piercing: This is a unique type of piercing that involves a single piercing that is done in a spiral shape through the eyebrow and involves four to six holes rather than two holes. It is a more complex piercing and requires a skilled piercer. The jewellery used for a spiral eyebrow piercing is typically a curved barbell with a spiral design. The spiral shape sits horizontally through the eyebrow, with the decorative ends visible on either side

Risks and Considerations: As with any piercing, there are potential risks associated with an eyebrow piercing, including infection, migration, rejection, scarring, and damage to surrounding structures. Choosing a professional piercer who follows proper sterilisation and hygiene practices is essential to minimise these risks.

Healing time

● Vertical /Horizontal /Double eyebrow/ Spiral Eyebrow Piercing takes 6 to 8 weeks to heal.

● Anti-Eyebrow Piercing takes around 8 to 12 weeks or longer to heal fully

● Bridge piercing can vary but typically takes 8 to 12 weeks or longer.

Today, eyebrow piercings are commonly seen as a fashion statement and a way to enhance one’s style. People opt for various types of eyebrow piercings, such as vertical, horizontal, or multiple piercings, using different jewellery options like rings, studs, or barbells. It’s important to note that the history and cultural significance of Eyebrow piercing may vary across different regions and communities.”

What are the most common frequently asked questions?

Question 1: Needle or gun, which is best for eyebrow piercings?

Answer: Your piercer can guide you best because it all depends on your skin.

Question 2: Can I wax my eyebrow during healing?

No, you cannot wax or pluck the hairs around the piercings.

Question 3: What do eyebrow piercings cost?

Answer: It varies from place to place, where it is 40 to 70 dollars or somewhere it is more.

Question 4: When can I change my eyebrow jewellery?

After your piercing is healed correctly, then you can change your jewellery.