If you're itching for a new body piercing but your mom has put her foot down, this guide will talk her into letting you get a little hardware anywhere.
- Step 1: Play your cards by asking how old your mother was when she got her ears pierced, and discuss how other friends or family members have piercings, too.
- Step 2: Get an older sibling or cousin who has a piercing to join in on the conversation, but only if you think they will help your cause.
- Step 3: Be persistent if you really do want the piercing. Don't take no for an answer, and ask again when you feel the time is right.
- FACT: In 2001, Elaine Davidson of Scotland set the Guinness World Record for the most piercings at 720 -- 192 of which are in her facial area.
- TIP: Suggest a navel piercing, which can be easily hidden and won't affect school or finding a job.
- Step 4: Discuss how most piercing holes will heal and close after several weeks. If either you or your mother decides you don't like it, you can take it out.
- Step 5: Make the process an event or special day if your mom is hesitant. Plan a shopping trip, lunch out, talk about your life and school, and then end with a piercing or two.
- TIP: Never try to pierce your ears or body by yourself. This can lead to infection and possibly hospitalization.
- Step 6: Offer to pay for the piercing and jewelry yourself or ask for a pair of earrings for a birthday or celebration gift to drop a not-so-subtle hint.
- Step 7: Pick a good time to talk about getting a facial or body piercing when you have some quiet time together, or when your mother is less stressed.
- Step 8: Start with getting your ears pierced before any other body part. Pierced ears for girls, and even boys, is more mainstream and acceptable than most other piercings.