Hi, I'm Kayla. today we're gonna be talking about retainers what is a
retainer? well, do you work somewhere where you're not allowed to have body
jewelry? maybe just earlobe but nothing above, or maybe you're going to a
doctor and they don't want you to wear any metal. maybe you're going in for a
scan or something like that. well, that's where retainers come in handy. retainers
are usually made out of PTFE. PTFE is something that a lot of piercers carry.
either that, or bioflex. retainers are made for people who have work but
they're not allowed, at their work, to wear jewelry, visible jewelry. so,
retainers are something that can hide this piercing. usually they're clear, or
white, some are even flesh tone. I said earlier that it's PTFE, or bioflex, but
they can also be made of silicone, glass, you can get retainers and glass as well
the area that I work in it's a really close to Disneyland and a lot of their
employees are unable to wear jewelry, but we pierce a lot of them. there's a lot of
employees. everybody knows that Mickey Mouse doesn't like piercings.
so we could pierce with a retainer. piercers, some piercers, pierce with
retainers. you can get your initial piercing jewelry has a retainer or
something that's easily hidden, but a lot of retainers don't allow for initial
swelling and irritation. so I would probably recommend, if somebody came in, I
would recommend them start out with a steel or double check with their work
before they got a piercing. if they're going in for a scan or doctor's
appointment or anything just get the piercing afterwards. just to be safe. you
don't want to be thinking about worrying about having just got a piercing,
paid for it, and you're going into your doctor's appointment and you don't want
them to tell you that you can't wear it. so just wait until after. it'll save a
lot of stress and money, and worry. this is where I throw in the clips I guess. let me
set me up. okay so first we're gonna talk about
glass. as you can see and have a few different styles here. glass isn't really
that common of a retainer outside of plugs for ear lobes, but we do have.. this
is a septum retainer and that can come a couple different sizes as far as gauge
if you have a stretched septum. usually it is a 16 gauge or 14 gauge. and then
these two right here on the left are, whoa, these two are nostril retainers. so
this one, this little straight one, is a nose bone, and then this one with the
curve is a L-Bend because it looks like an L. so because these are glass they
will break. they are not flexible. you have to be really careful with them and
they are very transparent. here you can see them almost glowing behind a white
background. let's see what it looks like with another background. I found an old
shirt so this is what they look like with this cool, orange-ish, orange-y
background. they're very transparent so if you drop this on your floor when
you're trying to get it in, it will be gone forever. good luck finding that.
which is the case for a lot of these retainers. this is the glass.
next up, we have some really old-school style
retainers. when I first started piercing these are the retainers I had. the only
retainers I could find. they are two pieces. these rings are made of silicone,
and they are called o-rings. they are what keep the jewelry on. these retainers
are made of bioflex materials which are highly flexible. so here's this
little barbell and you can bend it. I don't know if you can see that. you can
bend it. it's pretty flexible. there we go.
so they fit pretty comfortably in your piercing and this one that can be used
as a tongue retainer or even in the belly button because it is flexible.
these ones would be used for like an eyebrow piercing or rook piercing or
something like that. it is a curved barbell. but because the o-rings are so
small. here's a quarter for size. kind of dominates these pieces. if you drop,
especially this little one here, if you drop any of these pieces
it will get sucked into a black hole you'll never find them again. alright so that's
it for bioflex with an o-ring. I forgot to mention the little notch that these
have on here that hold the ring on. a lot of them have this little notch made into
the jewelry just so that the o-ring can sit there but if it does get snagged
this is going to come right off. its not very secure, I mean it's as secure as
it can be, but they're not very practical
here are two other styles in bioflex. these styles are a little bit new-age
for piercing. this one here is a nostril screw and then this one over here is a
labret. this one is interesting because it's two pieces and it is
Threadless. it just pulls right off. these little ridges here on the top keep it in
to the post, so if it does get tugged or anything while you're wearing it it is
very secure. and this one is just one piece and it is bioflex. it is
very flexible. you can kind of squish it and it bends. so these ones will fit very
comfortably in a piercing when you are not using metal material. these two
labret styles are very similar to the one I just showed you. these are also
Threadless. this is a 14-gauge with a metal top. I don't know if you can see
the ridges a little bit better with this one. Ill move it a little closer
there are also ridges in the side of here that hold it into the post a little bit
easier. you can see there's a hole there and these are pretty cool because you
can wear, especially in the lip, limit the damage then bio flex is really
comfortable against the teeth, I currently wear bioflex posts with
little black balls on the end, but these ones have a little diamond so if you
wanted something fancier, you can find those as well. and this one also pulls off.
there we go. what is cool about these type of bio flex studs is that, I don't
know if you can see, here but the hollow part of the jewelry goes pretty far down,
it goes pretty far down this stud. it's about here, it it's hollow all the
way from the top to here. if you're wearing this in like an ear piercing or
something and you just need a smaller wearable size. you can cut this with
scissors to make it a little bit shorter just snipping off the end. and because
it's Threadless you just push it right into this hollow tip. these last
retainers here may be the most common to find they are bioflex post with acrylic
ball. beside this one this one here is acrylic post with an acrylic ball. but
these two are more common and retainers. what is cool about having an acrylic ball
instead of a steel ball is that, especially in the tongue, if the ball
is bitten on it will break, unlike if you have a steel ball and you bite down on
that the steel ball is not gonna break. your teeth will. so a lot of people who
have their tongue pierced, they rather have something like this. which this could be
comfortable in a tongue piercing. a flat part on the bottom, underneath the tongue,
and a clear ball on the top. these ones can be most more comfortable in the lip
because they're not as rigid as acrylic would be. with full acrylic it does not
Bend it is very stiff. if you do bend it it will break. this one on the other hand is
a little more comfortable because you can bend it .
and it still keeps its shape. im going to go ahead and compare a few different types
of retainers so that you can see them side by side. first off, we're gonna do
glass and acrylic. with the glass you don't really have any separate parts, but
with the acrylic you have this bioflex post with the acrylic ball so you can
still see the threads through it. when you're wearing it it is pretty
transparent but you can still kind of see that white area where the threads
are. with the glass on the other hand you don't see that at all it's pretty much
entirely transparent. you might get a little bit of light reflection, like
right here, but when it's up against the skin is very clear and you can kind of
tell from this angle here. I'm also gonna be comparing this acrylic ball, which I
just showed you, to this Threadless bioflex end. I personally prefer the bio flex end.
it is much smaller but both are pretty visible. usually they look like a
mole on the face. neither of them reflect light as much as
the glass might, but you can see that here. next we're going to compare this
bioflex end and a diamond end
if it will focus. there we are they're both pretty much the same size.
obviously the steel one or clear gem is going to reflect more light and the bio
flex end, when is up against skin, it will look like a mole. and I think the last
thing I'm going to compare is the two different types of nose studs.
we have the nose bone right here and the nose screw.
you can see here that the glass is more transparent then the bio flex.
there's a little bit more white.
hey guys, thanks for watching. sorry, I look totally different, I forgot to
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