05 3 / 2014
Anonymous asked: Have you heard about essential beauty in australia? I go there but i have heard some bad stuff about it
Essential Beauty is one of those chain stores like Hairhouse Warehouse or Cosmetics Plus that primarily specialise in the beauty industry, but do a little bit of piercing on the side. It would be like getting your car serviced at a carpenter who did some mechanical work on the side… but a whole lot more terrifying because we’re talking about human bodies, and all the bloodborne pathogens that go with them!
I have always been of the belief that if you want a piercing, you should see a specialist, someone that doesn’t do it on the side, and that uses only implant-grade jewellery from the best body jewellery companies.
Hope this helps!
02 3 / 2014
suicidalwondermind asked: I've recently looking at online stores trying to find piercings and I notice there a big range of prices on the same kind of piercings. In one store the surgical steel (or surgical stainless) for one straight barbell its $10, and then i see another store with the same piercing, same material for like $2. Should i be worried that the $2 dollar one is not actual surgical steel or worry about the fact the im being over charged for the $10?
"Surgical" steel is not something you want to wear in your body. Surgical steel is the grade of metal used to make surgical tools, it basically just means that it won’t rust. Surgical steel would be things like scissors, clamps, forks. We’re not talking high quality when we say surgical steel, but it sounds fancy to some people so they think it’s good for them. You might also see surgical steel marketed as “316L steel”, again trying to make it seem fancy, but it’s still low quality. That is the common grade of material you’ll find in the cheaper mall stores or in uneducated piercing shops.
What you want for body jewelry is implant certified steel, that’s the stuff that’s meant to be under your skin. That will be ASTM certified F-138 steel.
Surgical steel will have a significant nickel content, which is a toxic material and many people are allergic or sensitive to it. Poorly polished jewelry (cheap stuff) will expose your skin to more of the junk material in the jewelry like nickel or what ever else they mix in to keep the cost low.
So yes, beware $2 jewelry. Probably a good idea to be highly suspicious of $10 jewelry too. If we’re talking just a post or just a ball for $10 then you might be ok, but I can’t imagine anyone being able to sell a well made complete barbell for $10 unless it’s on sale or clearance. If you’re getting an implant certified, hand polished, internally threaded piece of body jewelry I’ll say the price will start more in the $20-$25 range.
It’s dangerous to go alone, take this.
01 3 / 2014
dreamonlittledreamergirl asked: Where can I find that plumeria industrial barbell!?
Hi! Your local reputable body piercing studio should be able to help you! There is a handy shop locator on the Anatometal website :)