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Barbells & Labrets Guide

Our Barbells & Labrets Size Guide is a standard recommendation that works for most people. Everyone is unique, every piercing is unique. Finding the perfect size from home can be a trial and error process. We recommend either seeking advice from your local piercer who will be able to advice after seeing your piercing in person.

Gauge (G)

Gauge (g) is used to describe the thickness of the earring posts.

20G (0.8mm) - the thickness you’ll find on traditional butterfly back earrings

16G (1.2mm) - thicker, the 16G bar can used for both lobe and cartilage piercings

Though the standard gauge for different piercing locations can be seen in the guideline above, it can depend on a number of other things. For example whether you were pierced with a needle or gun and if your hole has shrunk...etc.

Length (mm)

Length (mm) is used to describe the length of the earring posts, excluding any charms, balls, and screwable areas.


The length you’ll need for your piercing depends on both the placement of your piercing and your personal ear anatomy. If you have thicker or thinner ear parts, we recommend sizing up or down from our standard recommendation.

Newly pierced ears may also need a little room for swelling and bumps, so we suggest sizing up while it is healing. Remember to downsize when the piercing has healed.

Barbells vs Labrets 

The choice between labret or barbell usually comes down to personal preference. There are however some piercing locations where a labret is usually recommended, such as tragus and forward helix piercings.


Easier to put on

Less risk of losing even if the ball fastening comes loose, as the charm is attached to the post. Usually, (if you’re lucky!) the post will remain in your ear

More attractive when seen from the back, especially if you have shorter hair



Recommended for tragus and forward helix piercings

Only the charm needs to be changed without taking the post out of the hole each time

May be more comfortable if you have multiple piercings close to each other

May be more comfortable when you sleep as the ball won’t press against the ear

Less likely to get caught in hair

How To Put On Barbell Earrings

How To Put On Labret Earrings