This Is the One Thing That’s Preventing Your Ear Piercings From Healing
In case you haven't heard, J. Colby Smith (aka the piercer every fashion girl is obsessed with) is currently in Sydney. In town courtesy of The File, he's temporarily set up shop at Koda Cutters in Bondi Beach to bring his unmistakable brand of delicate, personalised jewellery to a lucky few. Smith is responsible for the incredible piercings that adorn dozens of celebrities and models (Zoë Kravitz, Emma Stone, Abbey Lee Kershaw et al.) and is probably behind every image you've Pinned to your personal earspo board. (Just me?)
Earlier today I stopped by to freshen up my ear situation, and used the opp to quiz Smith on the best way to prevent a new piercing from getting irritated. Further, I wanted to know—how the heck do I stop what is effectively a fresh wound with a piece of jewellery in it from getting irritated while I'm asleep? Considering the intense seriousness with which every other piercer I've met has stressed a strict cleaning schedule as the key to quick healing, I was surprised by Smith's answer: "Cleaning doesn't matter that much—but don't sleep on it."
In an interview with The File, Smith advises pulling out the U-shaped aeroplane pillow you only use when travelling, and using it as a makeshift doughnut pillow while your piercing heals. The theory goes that if you lie on your side and place your ear in the hole (thereby raising it up off of the pillow), it will prevent a new piercing from being bashed around as you snooze. In his own words: "It's not a cool look but it will save you a lot of bullshit down the road." As the proud owner of a brand new orbital piercing, I'll be following his advice to the letter. For access to his gorgeous jewels, go here.