African tribes have long been wearing lip ring as a symbol of beauty. Most people outside these African tribes who are also wearing lip ring have the same reason for wearing this. It sure can symbolize beauty but it’s still a taboo for the conservatives. The reason for this is perhaps the pain involved in lip piercing. Even while wearing that lip ring, pain is still possible. Pain can still worsen especially if the lip ring has no captive bead.
A captive bead for lip ring serves as a lock. Without this, the lip ring tends to move around the pierce, causing pain to the wearer. With captive bead lip ring, you can prevent further pain along with possible infection caused by that pain. Putting a captive bead to an existing lip ring is easy. But this needs to be done safely to protect yourself from infection. The steps below will guide you on how to properly put a captive bead in a lip ring:
- Wash hands properly. As much as possible, use an anti-bacterial soap when washing your hands. Continuously rub your hands and fingers for about 20 seconds. This is enough to kill all microorganisms like bacteria before using your hands to remove the lip ring. Dirty hands will only expose your lip to further infection. It doesn’t need any more bacteria since it’s already exposed to all sorts of microorganisms. Dry hands using a towel.
- Wear gloves. Rubber, nitrile, or latex gloves will do. Wearing a pair of gloves will help prevent spreading of bacteria while putting the captive bead lip ring. These will give you a better grip to the small and slippery lip ring and captive bead.
- Change the lip ring position. Its opening must be facing forward so that attaching the captive bead is easier. Face a mirror also so you can see what you will be doing.
- Sterilize the pierce, ring, and bead using a saline wipe. Let the ring and bead to dry before positioning it in the ring.
- Snap the captive bead into one of the ring’s end. Captive bead rings have two indentations for locking the ring. You should hear a click when you snap the captive bead into the ring. That’s the sign that the bead is locked in place. Lock the second indentation in place by adjusting the bead. Again, a click should be heard to know that it’s locked.
- Check the captive bead. It should be held in placed. It can move a bit but should never rattle around. Adjust the ring if the bead can move a lot or if it cannot move even a bit. It should be able to barely move or else, the bead might pop out and that will cause pain. You may use clip pliers when applying tension to properly fit the ring.
If you feel uncomfortable doing this, better consider having it done by a professional piercer. He knows how to put in a captive bead lip ring. If in case you feel so frustrated during the process, walk away for a little while. Relax yourself and resume to what you were doing once you feel fine.