Types of Belly Bars
We offer many different types of belly bars - some are designed differently just for style, others may have been designed to help make wearing the piercing a little more comfortable - the obvious example being pregnancy belly bars. Below we've outlined the top 5 types of belly bars and what the pros and cons are of each.
Non-Dangle Belly Bars
The most common type of belly bar is the standard non-dangle made from 316L Surgical Steel, often with a 5mm top ball and 8mm bottom ball. These are a great first piercing as unlikely to get caught on clothing, allowing for a new piercing to heal properly.
Dangle Belly Bars
Any Belly Bar with something attached to the bottom ball generally falls into the category of Dangle Belly Bars. There are literally thousands of designs available, from elegant gem encrusted chandeliers through to mini glow stick dangles. These are a great choice for the summer when the layers of clothing won't make it uncomfortable or for a night out when you're looking for something with a little bit more sparkle!
Twist Belly Bars
As the name suggests, this type of Belly Bar has a twisted bar which means the balls sit horizontally from each other in the piercing, rather than vertically like in a standard non-dangle belly bar. There is not really advantage or disadvantages to the twist belly bars, more just a matter of preference!
Pregnancy Belly Bars
Pregnancy (or maternity) Belly Bars are designed to retain the navel piercing during pregnancy. This means the vast majority will have substantially bigger bars (i.e.from 25mm upwards) and the bar itself will generally be made from PTFE. The PTFE is flexible which is perfect as the stomach grows and it's also hypoallergenic.
Reverse Belly Bars
Reverse Belly Bars (also known as Top Down Belly Bars) have the ball attached to the bottom of the bar which goes through the piercing. These don't offer any real practical benefits - again is just a matter of taste. We stock a range of different designs if you would like to get an idea of some styles available.
We offer one of the largest selections of Belly Bars in the UK, whether it be dangle, paved gem, logo or animal pendant, we have it available! The majority of Belly Button Bars will be a standard sizing which is 14 Gauge (1.6mm) and come with 8mm or 10mm bars, but all sizing will be clearly stated on every product we sell.
The most common belly bar material is 316L Surgical Steel. This is a great metal for belly button jewellery as it's very strong, very resistant to corrosion and is lightweight. This helps to keep the jewellery looking great for a long time while being very hard wearing.
BioFlex Belly Bars are also becoming increasingly popular as they have a range of great benefits. BioFlex is very good for new or irritated piercings, is very light and is great value for money.