We were walking around the Kid’s Market in Granville Island today when we I noticed a sign for ear piercing at a kids hairdressing salon. We had been planning on getting Lily’s ears pierced for quite a while since she’s been so eager. She even brought a pair of earrings I’d been given as a gift from my cousin more than twenty years ago on this trip even though there were no plans to find a place to pierce her ears.
I’d read many concerns about piercing with a gun which lead us to the local tattoo shop to inquire about get Lily’s ears done. The heavily tattooed and pierced man was obviously not that interested in helping us but he did say that he’d be willing when she was able to ask herself to have it done. Over the next little while I found a couple real normal ear piercing videos on You Tube. She didn’t seem phased by anything she saw but we still didn’t take her back to the shop. A part of me wasn’t sure if we’d really be welcome or if Lily would feel shy with someone asking her to speak for herself and have that be taken as indecision.
This hair dressing salon uses a gun who’s parts that touch the body are prepackaged, disposable and don’t need to be touched during the piercing. They insisted on using what I’m guessing is an Emla type cream for about 45 minutes to dull the pain. I don’t remember it being painful though. I remember the anticipation and noise of the gun being the scariest part. Lily had no anxiety but was obviously surprised when the first one went in. The woman did the second immediately and Lily gave a small wincing face as she did it but beamed a HUGE smile when it was done.
The hardest part about the whole affair was keeping all six kids corralled in the tiny shop for the time we had to wait. The woman that seemed to own the kids hairdressing shop didn’t seem to actually like kids so it was a tad awkward.
I’m still not totally happy with the choice over normal needle piercings but it’s done and Lily was thrilled with the cute flower rhinestone earrings she picked out. I think had we waited to find a tattoo shop that would have happily welcomed us it would have been years before she got her ears pierced.
Cleaning off the numbing cream:
Marking the spot:
Wow, one side done!
A little wince with anticipation:
Huge smile! She was so happy!
Pretty rhinestone flowers with a pink center with iridescent pedals.