Whether you’ve gotten the daith piercing for migraines or just think it’s a cute fashion accessory, I’ve found some of the best daith earrings for active lifestyles.
If you haven’t followed my journey, you can start here. I’ve had incredible results.
After almost a year and a half since getting pierced, I am still migraine free.
Whatever your results, if you’ve had the “migraine piercing,” please take the survey linked at the bottom of this post.
It will help gather the data necessary to put together the groundwork for an extensive medical study. Super exciting stuff!
Best Daith Earrings
Because my daith piercing took forever to heal–and by forever I mean like every bit of a solid year–I have only changed my daith earrings three times.
I was first pierced with a small curved barbell, like the one they would use for an eyebrow piercing.
This was ideal for sleeping, but not as easy to clean.
I switched to a horseshoe, and that’s been the easiest to clean but if it swings out, can be irritating for sleeping on that side.
But, now that it is truly healed, it never bothers me.
The horseshoe shape also makes it difficult to wear earbuds.
So, after a year, I figured my daith piercing was finally fully healed.
While this was true for the most part, changing the shape of the daith earring caused serious irritation.
I opted for a straight bar with one flat side to allow for an earbud to fit in my ear canal.
Because I was originally pierced with a curved bar, I am going to stick with that shape.
This area of dense cartilage doesn’t seem to like being bent once fully healed.
Due to that experience, I’m back with my horseshoe for now and plan to try a crescent moon, heart shape, or some sort of cute daith earrings soon.
But through this whole process, I found some earbuds that allowed me to still listen to music while I run.
Best Earbuds for the Daith Piercing
Running with full headphones on simply doesn’t work for me.
They’re too bulky and create a hideous sweaty situation.
I found that it only takes a little lobe hook and the earbud stays in place just fine.
Bluetooth earbuds are even better if you’re willing to pay a bit more.
How to Clean Daith Piecing Earrings
Cleaning the daith rings is the same as cleaning the daith piercing site itself.
Taking the jewelry out isn’t necessary. In the beginning, you’ll want to clean the area multiple times per day–at the very least, once in the morning and once at night.
I found that using a cotton ball soaked with hot salt water worked best and felt amazing.
Mix 1/4 tsp sea salt into a cup of water.
Keep this solution in a closed container.
Pour about 3 tablespoons into a microwavable glass and heat for 7-12 seconds.
Saltwater heats quickly so get to know your microwave to figure out the appropriate time. *Be careful not to burn yourself!*
Soak the cotton ball and stick it in your ear. Repeat as needed.
When I was dealing with irritation and mild infection, I’d do this a few times (with a new cotton ball each time) and dip Q-Tips into the hot water and swab around the area.
The hot salt water draws out the gross stuff.
Or just buy it:
If you’re on the run, this saline spray is the way to go.
It’s super easy to use and crazy effective for keeping the daith ear piercing clean.
You just spray the piercing–but do it over a sink and angle the can so you don’t spray directly into your ear canal.
FINALLY! A doctor in London, Dr. Chris Blatchley MB BChir, has put together a team of experts to conduct a study on the effectiveness of the daith piercing for migraine headaches.
If you’ve had the daith piercing done, please take his survey. It takes about 10 minutes. 🙂 Thank you so much!
I can’t wait to see his results and finally have some real data behind this. As soon as possible, I will share what I can.
What are your favorite daith earrings to wear?
Have you found a pair that allow you to wear earbuds comfortably?
Tuesday 26th of May 2020
well i guess the angle of the piercing greatly affects needed earring style. curved barbel is great for newly pierced daith however in my personal experience, captive bead ring decreased my daith healing time for whatever reason i dont know. and yes, it helped me with my migraine a lot. i even have both my daith pierced😉
Sunday 5th of January 2020
I went from having one day/month with no migraines to 3-4 days/week migraine-free. I had both sides done about 3 months ago. It has been great!! Biggest problem for me has just been that they have been slow healing and they itch a lot. But no infection. I’ll take an itchy ear over a migraine 😊
Monday 6th of January 2020
That's so great to hear, Pam!!! Yes, 100% agreed that an itchy ear is so much better than a migraine! Thank you for letting us know.
Wednesday 6th of November 2019
I got AWFUL migraines after my periods, and my Daith piercing helped! I got left side because that’s where I had my concussion, which had increased my migraines, I haven’t had a migraine over a 5/10 since my Daith piercing, and the piercing immediately took my 9/10 migraine down to a 2/10 when I got it (hormone headache for a solid week NOTHING else helped). I was able to drive home without sunglasses, and I can work easier without pain! It’s not that I don’t have migraines because I have had some of the other symptoms, but not severe incapacitating pain. My piercing expert told me I could get the other side done in a month if I wanted, and I probably will eventually. I’m addicted to my Bose ear bud, and it’s on the right side. I wish I had pierced 10 years ago, and I don’t even like piercings!!!
Tuesday 9th of April 2019
I have suffered with migraines from 12 years old, my migraines stopped then all of a sudden after 7 years of hiatus they came back with a vengeance, I had to take a leave get on intermittent leave and reasonable accommodations, I began missing work, the smells the lights were driving me insane. My PCP referred me to a headache specialist, he recommended getting my Daith pierced. I didn’t think twice I went found a awesome body piercer, had it done it like 5 months old, I love it, I went from 3 a week to 1 a month and I have not had any recently. It worked very well for me.
Wednesday 10th of April 2019
Thank you so much for sharing your story! I'm sorry you suffered for so long but am so glad this piercing helped you! For any breakthrough headaches, you should try MigreLief and see if that also helps you. It's magical for me!
All the best, Shelley :)
Monday 4th of March 2019
Hi everyone :) For me daith piercing was the last chance for normal life. I’m the 4th generation in my family with migrains. Every single day, when it rains, when it’s snow, when sun is shining... I had migrains. So when I saw your Article, I started to look for more informations about daith piercing. Thank you so much! I’ve my own daith piercing from 6th february 2019 and 0 migrains ;) I’m happy person! Xoxo! :)
Tuesday 5th of March 2019
That is so awesome to hear! I'm so happy for you! Thank you for telling us!