Ear Cuff and Rook Piercing

Rook Piercing Guide

In Piercing by Tracy

Having a rook piercing is awesome because of the fact that not many people take notice of this part of your ear until you put a rook piercing jewelry that will definitely catch everyone’s interest. However, because each person’s ear anatomy is different from the others, some may not have a prominent rook to make this type of piercing stand out.

Rook Piercing

How rook piercing is done?

The rook is located in the upper ear in the anti-helix above the tragus. This is the ridge area of the ear between the outer and inner conches.

The piercing is located in the inner fold of the cartilage just parallel to the helix.  To simplify, it is two steps from your tragus and in between is the daith.

What does a rook piercing jewelry look like?

Almost all styles of piercing jewelry will look good on your rook. The most popular piercing jewelry used are ball closure rings (BCR), circular barbells (CBBs) and curved barbels. For the stylish piercee, you can customize it with clip-in attachments or threaded jewelry.

Curved barbell or captive bead rings are most preferred for rook piercing because they allow enough room for healing. Smaller jewelry with pretty designs looks great on the rook. Later on, though, you can choose something charming and stunning after your piercing has completely healed.

Ear Cuff and Rook Piercing

When choosing rook jewelry, the cost will largely depend on what material and design you like. Professional piercers will recommend a PTFE rook jewelry for a fast healing process. PTFE stands for Polytetrafluoroethylene. Popularly known as Teflon, it has hypoallergenic properties which eliminate any risk of infection and rejection

What are the variations of rook piercing?

If you have had other ear piercings before, you may want to be a bit daring and adventurous by having more than just one piercing jewelry.

Although the procedure is the most painful, double rook piercing will look stunning.  Here, the inner cartilage ridge is perforated twice. Did I just hear you say “Ouch”?

Another variation is the faux rook piercing. If you like sporting colorful studs, then this is for you. In a faux rook piercing, one horizontal perforation above the inner ridge is made. Then there is a backing from behind the ear that is quite similar to a conch perforation.

Does a rook piercing hurt?

This is always the dreaded question. Does it hurt? How much pain can you tolerate? Again, because all of us have different levels of pain tolerance, the answers may vary. Because the antihelix is made up of thicker cartilage, then it sure hurts! On a scale of 1-10 and a low tolerance for pain, rook piercing will have a score of 5 or 6. Yes, that’s how painful it can be.

New Rook Piercing

How to clean a rook piercing?

Rook piercing can take up to 12 or 18 months to completely heal. Aftercare is very important to avoid any kind of infection to your cartilage piercing.

  • Always use an antibacterial soap to wash your hand before you touch the piercing.
  • With a cotton ball wet with warm salt water, gently clean the pierced area at least two to four times a day.
  • While bathing, wash the piercing gently with a hypoallergenic soap.
  • Use a disposable paper towel to dry the rook piercing.
  • If you have long hair, tie it back to avoid getting the jewelry tangled in your hair.
  • Avoid using hairspray, perfumes, and cosmetics as well as ointments to your rook piercing.
  • Earphones and headphones may have bacteria that can infect your piercing. Avoid using them during the healing process.
  • Do not sleep on the piercing.
  • Infection from swimming pool water must be avoided.