Are you looking for fun, unique ways to decorate your body? Sparkling, stylish barbell piercings might just be your ultimate means of self-expression. Read on to know more.

History of Barbell

Ever wondered how barbell piercings got their name? These type of piercings resemble weightlifting barbells, hence the name but the shape also has a lot to do with ergonomics. Barbells consist of a straight bar with small beads at either end. Often, one of the beads is fixed and the other is removable to accommodate removal for changes.

It may come as a surprise but these piercings have been popular among tribal communities in Borneo for hundreds of years now. Contemporary resurrection occurred in the 1970’s when the legendary American designer Jim Ward made them all the rage in the USA. And there’s been no turning back since then.

Size of Barbell Piercings

The size of the barbell is measured in terms of gauge with smaller posts having higher gauges and vice versa. Initial piercings are usually done with a 14 gauge barbell. Once the piercing heals, wearers have the option to replace a long barbell with a smaller one or opt for a stretched version to accommodate jewelry.


There are a variety of shapes to choose from including the basic straight barbell, curved barbells, circular barbells, spiral barbells and J curved or banana barbells. Certain shapes are more suitable for particular body areas than others. For example, the straight barbell is usually seen in ear and tongue piercings, the circular barbell is seen in nasal septum piercing and the J curved barbell is the most popular choice for navel piercings.

Materials Used

Barbell jewelry is found in many types of metal and non-metal options. Starter piercings require surgical grade metals such as 316 L stainless steel for proper healing. Titanium is the preferred option for users with allergy or sensitive skin issues. Many people choose plastic for tongue piercings in order to avoid causing damage to teeth while eating. BioFlex and acrylic are among the safest, most hygienic non-metallic options.


Barbells are usually available with amazing varieties of aesthetic embellishments to suit all kinds of tastes. From erotic tongue rings to dangling belly rings, they are the best way to make your own style statement. Colorful gems, picture inlays, clay flowers, logos can all be incorporated as embellishments. The beads at the end of the barbell are also available in a lot of designs such as triangles, cylinders and discs.

After First Piercing

Many people worry about rejection and infection of barbell piercings. The truth is that there will be some discoloration, soreness, bruising and swelling following a new piercing. Wearers should carefully follow instructions and allow the wound to heal completely. Healing might be said to have occurred when the swelling, bruising and irritation reduces and the barbell slips in easily without discomfort.

So, what are you waiting for? Decorate your body and be the envy of all your friends!

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