Labret and ball end are types of jewelry articles that adorn piercings. These piercings can be anywhere from your earlobes and nose to your nipples and lips. 

These two may serve the same purpose but have very different designs.

Labret has a rod with a flat disk attached to one side and an ornament screwed onto the other side.

The ball end, on the other hand, has a rod with a ball screwed onto both sides. 

When it comes down to choosing one, most people pick the one they like better, but as experts, we’re going to break down the benefits of both piercing jewelry.

Since you insert the rod of the ball end in the piercing before screwing on the balls, it is easier to put on.

Labret, on the other hand, is harder to put on as you have to locate the piercing from the back of your ear. 

The ball end looks hotter from both front and back. The labret seems plain from the back. 

The ball end has more chances of getting stuck in your hair or clothes than the labret.

This makes labret a better choice for anyone who gets tragus and forward helix piercings.

Now that you know everything about these two piercing jewelry articles, choose wisely according to your needs and preferences.

What is a labret end?

The labret is a jewelry article used to adorn the piercings in lips, ear lobes, and cartilage.

It is the safest option for anyone new to piercings and wishes for a smooth, painless recovery.

The label has a small rod with an attached flat disc on one side.

The other side has a decorative ornament screwed on once the rod is in the piercing.

This decorative ornament is commonly known as the labret end. 

While the disc end makes a labret a comfortable piece of jewelry, the labret end makes it glamorous and trendy. 

Labret end can be anything that the user may desire. It comes in different colors, sizes, and designs, such as butterflies, flowers, balls, etc. 

There are three common ways to fix the labret end into the rod- push in, internal threading, and external threading.

Push-in requires the user to push the labret end into the rod’s hole. Some rods can also have threads on the inside or outside, the labret end is screwed in on those. 

Can you put a labret in your cartilage?

Over the last few years, cartilage piercings have gained popularity for the edgy look they give.

Some of the most popular cartilage piercings are helix, daith, tragus, forward helix, conch, and rook.

Cartilage is a hard tissue in your eyes that hurts more when pierced and takes longer to heal. A typical cartilage piercing can take anything from twelve months to heal. 

Choosing the piercing styles plays an important role in the healing of the punctured cartilage. Ball end, stud, hoop, and labret are some of the options you can choose from. 

Experts recommend that no matter what look you have in mind, it is best to put a labret in your cartilage piercing initially. 

Labret has a flat end that rests on the back of your ear without getting stuck in your hair or any other thing. The flat surface also helps reduce friction between your skin and the labret.

Another benefit of putting labret in your cartilage is that there is no hassle of cleaning it.

Since the labret is closed on both ends, no dirt such as makeup, dust, or ear wax can gather in it. All this makes the healing process smoother and less painful.

So, yes, labret can be put into cartilage and is the best option for those getting their first cartilage piercing.

What is a ball end piercing?

Ball end piercing is commonly known as a barbell piercing. As the name indicates such piercings have a ball.

To be more precise, the barbell is a tiny rod with balls threaded on either side. 

The piece of jewelry is super trendy and is used for nipples, lips, ear lobes, and cartilage piercings. 

The reason behind its popularity is that it makes its wearers stand out in the crowd without causing any trouble.

Since ball end piercings have smooth balls on both sides, they do not cause any injury inside the mouth when used for lip piercing.

Sleeping with barbells is much more comfortable as they don’t dig into your skin Like studs.

The chances of one losing their barbells are low because they are tightly screwed into your piercing. So if you always end up losing your jewelry, the barbell is a good choice for you.

One thing, however, must be kept in mind when buying ball end piercings- make sure that the rod has threading on the inside and not outside.

Threading on the outside gives the barbell a rough surface that may damage the soft tissues of your gum.

They may also increase the friction between the earpiece and skin which leads to injuries