Over the years, clip-on earrings have always been on the sideline, serving as an alternative to pierced earrings. Many people use them as ways to a trendy look without the extra pain of piercing. Take ear cuffs as an example. They replicate cartilage and double ear piercings without causing any permanent changes. But style isn't the only reason that people choose clip-on, some of the reasons people choose this option may be cosmetic, but may also be medical.
Here at EARA, we want to give you not just a variety of clip-on options, but also the information on who would benefit from wearing them.
Keeping Your Ears Unpierced
Maybe you don't want to get your ears pierced. Honestly, putting yourself through voluntary discomfort, a long healing process, and possible risk of infection, may not be worth it to you, which is completely fine. Piercing is not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the style trends as well. You can still rock earrings that are comfortable and stylish, and clip-ons let you do just that! If you need help finding the right clip-ons for you, check out our blog highlighting eight different brands that have a wide selection of clip-on earrings.
Your Piercings Closed up
Maybe you got your ear pierced a long time ago, and earrings are just not your everyday accessories. Your piercings closed up, and you don’t see yourself committing to new piercing anymore. But once in a while, you do miss putting on a pair of matching earrings to complete your look. Worry not! Be it a special occasion, a glam-up night out, or just a regular day, you can be sure that clip-on earrings will spice up your outfit!
You May Have A Metal Allergy
Have you ever put on a pair of cute earrings and suffered from a red rash or any irritation afterward? That’s metal allergy, all right.
The exact cause is unclear, but your body’s immune system likely sees nickel, a commonly used material in the jewelry, as harmful and activates its defense response. For some people, they could also have inherited this condition. One workaround to this issue is to wear earrings made of only 14K gold or higher. That said, this option is pricy (it’s gold after all), and still isn’t foolproof against allergic reaction (pure gold is too malleable to be used as jewelry, so jewelry makers often mix in impurities to provide strength).
With clip-on earrings, an allergic reaction is avoidable because there is no metal aggravating the more sensitive parts of your ear, i.e the pierced parts. It stays on the surface of your ear rather than through it as a piercing does. If your ears are ultra-sensitive, you can choose to wear clip-ons with resin closure, which is entirely nickel-free! You can be free of allergic reactions while getting the look that you want, and at an affordable price to boot.
Avoiding Stretched or Split Earlobes
Another problem that can occur with pierced earrings is that they can lead to stretching or even tearing of your earlobes. It gets worse if you have an affinity for wearing heavy earrings - they gradually stretch your earlobes over time. If you’re not careful, it could lead to tears or splits in the earlobes, or even infection if not treated properly.
Splitting or tearing can also occur if your earring gets caught on something (clothing, hair, etc), and they get yanked by accident. This is a surefire way to cause tearing and undue amount of pain and discomfort.
With clip-on earrings, these concerns are minimized. If a clip-on catches on something, it would just slide off your earlobe rather than tear it apart. Also, you can wear heavier sets without fear of stretching.
Those Who Suffer From Keloid/Hypertrophic Scarring
Finally, if you have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring, then clip-ons are going to be your best option for getting the look you want without any pain or discomfort.
Keloids are overgrowths of scar tissue that occur when there is trauma to your skin. This condition is an incredibly common occurrence amongst those who get their ears pierced. While you may not see getting your ears pierced as a “traumatic” event, your body may, and that’s when a keloid occurs. And when a keloid appears, it can take several months to heal and go away.
A hypertrophic scar is similar to keloids, but the scarring is generally less prominent. No matter how you see it, piercing is simply not an option here. Your best bet is, you guessed it, clip-ons. With them, you avoid the risk of getting keloids or scarring and still get to show off your style.
Ultimately, a big part of being a person who chooses to wear clip-ons is because you are listening to yourself and your body. Take care of your body, and it takes good care of you!