Kids ear-piercing shop guide, 2015
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Ear piercing is a body adornment that never goes out of style. In some cultures, it's common for infants to have their ears pierced, but other families have a strict age as to when ear piercing is acceptable.
Ava Richards took her daughter to Claire's Boutique to get her ears pierced for her 10th birthday.
"I made sure the piercer was licensed and that they were comfortable working with children," says Richards.
Before you choose a location, decide if you want the procedure done via a piercing gun – which is used at chain boutiques like Claire's – or a surgical needle used at most tattoo / piercing shops. Not all tattoo / piercing shops will pierce kids, so be sure to call ahead. Parents will need to bring an ID.
Also, prepare for some tears regardless of the child's desire to get their ears pierced. Richards says her daughter cried a lot during the procedure, but she was very happy to have her ears pierced after it was done.
"I would say it was a traumatic experience with a happy ending," says Richards.
Here is a list of places in Milwaukee that pierce kids' ears.
A Hair Salon For Kids, LLC
14023 W. Greenfield Ave., (262) 938-5999
A Hair Salon For Kids has full-service, sanitized ear piercing for children. The cost is $25 for the piercing and the earrings cost $10-33. The licensed piercers use a piercing gun. Call ahead for an appointment.
7219 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 607-4068
Avant-Garde charges $15 for both ears (plus the cost of jewelry), $8 for one. The piercers use a needle, not gun. Kids of any age are welcome, as long as they are with a parent or guardian with an ID.
Bay Street Tattoo
322 E. Bay St., (414) 483-5000
Bay Street will pierce kids' ears with a surgical needle for $50, incudes jewelry. They use tiny hoop earrings.
1459 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-3777
Body Ritual will pierce a child's lobes with a surgical needle. The cost is one for $15 or both for $25 and includes small rings. Parent must be present and show an ID. Kids must be at least 16 to get facial piercings.
Southridge, Bayshore, Mayfair and Brookfield Square Malls
Kids must be at least 3 months old to get their ears pierced at Claire's. The cost ranges from $16.50 to $42, depending on the type of earrings used, and the procedure is done with a piercing gun. Parents must bring an ID.
4380 S. 76th, (414) 321-1336
Kids must be at least 12 to get their ears pierced at Starship. The cost is $50 plus the cost of the earrings. The piercers at Starship use surgical needles, not guns, and parents must be present and present an ID and the child's birth certificate. Walk-ins are welcome.
At A Hair for Kids Salon LLC we are licensed, sanitary, professional, and have 34 years of piercing experience. Our salon located in New Berlin is required by the law to provide the highest standard of sanitation. Our salon uses a sterilized (disposable) gun method to pierce the ears, which will be thrown away after a single use. This is the latest technology so there will be no cross contamination between other users. We as licensed professionals are trained and are required by the state law to wear gloves for the service. Our salon pierces both adult, boys, girls, and babies ears. Our earrings are nickel free, surgical steel, 14 kt gold, and hypoallergenic. We provide a kid friend atmosphere to make kids feel comfortable. We are not some adult tattoo-piercing salons that look dark and gothic. Our Piercing Service requires a guardian to fill & sign a consent form if under the age of 18 years. We start piercing @ 4 months old and up. Children should have their regular shots first before thinking of getting their ears pierced. An ear care instruction will be given to you to take home to know how to care for your new piercing. Our salon offers this service 6 days a week. We are closed on Mondays. By appointment only, cash or check only. Piercings start at $25 and go up depending on the choice of earring picked out. Please check out our you tube videos if your child is a little nervous about getting their ears pierced. @ Hair4kids My 2 year old daughter had her ears pierced here, Kathleen did a fantastic job of reassuring me that everything including her hands and surrounding areas were sanitized. My daughter is usually very shy with strangers and Kathleen did a great job and made her feel very comfortable. She made sure the placement of the earrings was just right and gave my daughter a sucker to boot! I have taken our daughter here for haircuts as well and had a great experience.I highly recommend Kathleen and A Hair For Kids Salon!
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