Dec 9, 2022 - Business

Get curated ear piercings at Rowan Piercing in South End


Rowan Piercing in South End. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

 A trendy new piercing studio recently opened in South End called Rowan Piercing.

It opened in October and I visited recently to get a curated ear piercing. “Can I design your ear look?,” studio manager Kelsey Hickman asked me when I walked in. Immediately, yes.  

Why it matters: Rowan Piercing is a woman-owned company that aims to take away the anxiety and health risks associated with piercings.

  • Plus: Earscaping” — the subtle art of decorating your ear with personalized piercings and earrings — is a trend that has become popular among Gen Ze’ers, Axios’ Sami Sparber explains

How it works: Every visit starts with discussing “ear goals,” said Hickman. The team helps you plan what your piercing (or piercings) will look like — from style and color to size and placement.

  • All of the piercers at Rowan South End have their Bachelor of Science in Nursing and they use needles instead of piercing guns.
  • In general, you can expect to pay in the $35-$50 range per piercing, plus the jewelry, which starts at around $20.
  • Of note: All of the jewelry is hypoallergenic (a safe haven for those of us with a nickel allergy).
The Charlotte studio is decked out with fun neon lights and trendy decor that radiates zillenial energy (although, Rowan is for any age). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Details: The South End studio is located at 1800 Camden Road (right next to Girl Tribe).

  • They’re open seven days a week from 11am-7pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday.

The big picture: Rowan, which has 15 locations across the country, was first founded in 2019 as an alternative to mall Staple Claire’s, Axios’ Jennifer Kingson writes.

Kelsey Hickman (Studio Manager), Laura Hoehn (RN, BSN) and Frank Chisholm (RN, BSM) of Rowan South End. Photo: McKenzie Rankin
  • The studio plans to open its second Charlotte location in SouthPark Mall on December 23. 

My thought bubble: The whole experience was so fun, I literally forgot I was about to get stabbed with a needle. And speaking of, the piercing was basically painless — seriously, I’m not kidding. I was admittedly nervous about the cartilage, and I’d rank that a three out of ten pain-wise (a solid pinch, nothing more).

Rowan Piercing
The result of my “BYO piercing” look (with major help from Rowan’s Kelsey and Laura). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios
  • They sent me home with their saline spray, aftercare instructions, and a nurse hotline to call if any issues arise. The price is steep, yes, but the peace of mind is worth it.

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