So I first had my ears pierced when I was two years old (lobes obviously) and needless to say I can’t remember the experience at all. I’ve been wanting a second lobe piercing and my Helix pierced for a while but I’ve never really followed through with it and I also think I was a bit scared of the potential pain!

I’ve heard people say that you can get infections etc so I wanted to make sure I went with the best around. Recently Maria Tash opened up in the Dubai Mall and I’ve heard so many good reviews about her (she has a store in London and New York too) so I did some research (mainly about how painful the Helix would be!) and decided to go for it!

I had my consultation on the same day as the piercing and the staff went through the different jewellery options based on the size of my ear (I have pretty small ears). I decided to go for a small hoop with diamonds all around it for my Helix and a small heart stud on my lobe piercing. The actual piercing was so quick and it wasn’t painful at all. The best way to describe it is an uncomfortable prick but nothing painful. I was actually surprised when she said ‘we’re done’. They gave me the necessary aftercare information and explained how I should clean the area and also what to expect.

The Helix takes around 6-8 months to heal and the lobe takes 3 months. For the first 3 months I had to clean the area twice a day with a specific sanitizer for the ears. It’s a simple cleaning process; soak a tissue (kitchen paper) with the sanitizer and keep it pressed on the piercing with a little pressure. You’re not meant to sleep on the side of the piercing which has been difficult as I had the piercing done on the side that I sleep. But once you’re used to it it’s fine and I feel like I’m pretty aware of it whilst sleeping. It’s been around 4 months since my piercing and I’m so happy with the healing process and how it looks! I now understand why some people get countless piercings’s pretty addictive. It’s safe to say I’m already thinking of my next visit!

I honestly wouldn’t recommend anyone other than Maria Tash. The service, quality and knowledge is by far the best out there.

With my piercer Aroa Martinez from Maria Tash in Dubai Mall