Yes I did get my ears pierced at Claire's on Monday and nope, I haven't died of a mouldy ear (yet). I thought I'd write a little post as everything I found on the internet before getting it done is basically negative or wrote by some emo covered in piercings being a piercings snob. Sunday night I decided I wanted to get my upper lobe pierced and researched a bunch of places near me. I'd picked on and went to town and then, chicken. My main fear was that I'd walk in and be looked down on for my measly ear piercing and you know what, I just don't need that!
As I walked past Claire's I thought I'd just go in and ask. Obviously everyone knows that they have a reputation about not being clean, having 17 year olds Saturday girls piercing 8 week old babies' ears and generally not being the place to go. But I'm 21 and realise that if my ear does go mouldy, I can take myself to the doctors like a big girl.
When she told me it would be whatever the earring costs and that's it, I was sold straight away. The cleaning solution and actual piercing is free! (or some clever inflated earrings prices, but hey, I'm in.) Also knowing there would be no scary piercer, just an average shop assistant who'd got their hands on a piercing gun made me feel a lot better...kind of. I chose the cheapest earrings, what can I say I'm unemployed, which were £15.
All I can say is it was fine! She cleaned the surface she was working on, wore gloves, cleaned my ear, and my earrings came out a surgically wrapped packaging. I understand that the middle of the shop is not a sterile area but I'm not wiping my ear round the floor! Everything was explained to me and the woman who did it knew what she was doing and did it quick (and accurately ha!). It was done using a gun which I know has haters but I think the slower process of a needle wouldn't have been my cup of tea.
Obviously it is now only Wednesday and my only worry is that they are a little tender but I'm thinking my ear has been essentially hole punched, what do I expect? Also I would say my ear lobes are quite chubby and their studs seem a little short, in the fact that they're probably for kid's ears I'm guessing. That would be my only negative about it all.
Although they give you a huge bottle of cleaning solution, I bought some Savlon spray as well as this is what I used when I got my ears pierced when I was younger so better safe than sorry.