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Double Helix Piercing: Pain, Healing, and More

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A double helix piercing is actually two helix piercings that are typically performed at the same time. Like a constellation piercing, double helix piercings are individual piercings designed to look good together. They are typically worn with two separate pieces of jewelry but some people have custom jewelry made that intertwines both piercings. A double helix done on the forward helix are called double forward helixes. You can also get three or four helix piercings, which are called triple and quadruple helixes.

Can You Get 2 Helix Piercings At The Same Time?

The general rule is you can only have four healing piercings at a time. So if you have two or less currently healing piercings, you can get a double helix piercing. If you don’t have any healing piercings, you can get a quadruple helix piercing. It’s important to note that this only counts fully healed piercings. While your cartilage piercing will be done with the first stage of healing and ready to downsize at 6-8 weeks, it will not be fully healed for 6-12 months.

How Long Does a Double Helix Take to Heal?

Regular helix piercings take between 6-12 months to fully heal. However, generally piercings take longer to heal the more piercings you currently have healing. So a double helix piercing will nearly always take the full year to heal completely, because your body is trying to heal two piercings at once. Some quadruple helix piercings take up to 2 years to heal completely. As always, your healing period depends on a lot of factors, including how well you take care of your piercings and your immune system.

Does a Double Helix Piercing Hurt?

A regular helix piercing is usually a 5-7 on the pain scale. Pain scales vary greatly between people, so take this with a grain of salt. A helix piercing goes through cartilage, which is typically a more painful piercing. However, the cartilage is generally not very thick here so it’s not one of the more painful cartilage piercings. Double helix piercings do hurt more than regular helix piercings because your adrenaline dulls the pain for the first piercing but it usually wears off before the second one, which causes it to hurt more.

How to Style a Double Helix Piercing?

Double helix piercings are great because they look amazing no matter how they’re styled. Most people wear matching jewelry in both piercings, but feel free to experiment! You can wear studs or rings, which both look great when paired together. You can also ask your piercer if they can order you some custom jewelry. Your piercer will measure your ear and send your requirements to their preferred jewelry, who will ship your jewelry straight to your piercer so they can insert it for you. The most common style for customized jewelry in double helix piercings is similar to a spiral.


A double helix piercing is made up of two helix piercings that were designed to look well together. When considering a double helix piercing, keep in mind that you can only have a max of four healing piercings at a time. A double helix piercing tends to hurt a little more than a regular helix because you’re getting two piercings done at the same time. You can style a double helix piercing however you like with studs, rings, or even custom jewelry!