For anyone who has a nickel allergy to body jewelry, the solution is simple: ditch the metal. One alternative is acrylic, a non-reactive material that’s lighter than metal or glass. Acrylic plugs come in an increasing array of styles, but the main thing that separates them is their material. Hard acrylic plugs or tunnels have little give to them, while soft acrylic tunnels and plugs are flexible.

Hard Acrylic Plugs

The slick, non-porous surface of hard acrylic plugs makes them a good choice for fully healed, mature piercings. The firm material keeps your piercings dilated without weighing them down the way that heavier materials like glass and metal might. They stay warmer in winter, and if you’ve ever had to deal with metal tunnels on a windy winter day, you know exactly how important that can be. You’ll also pay less for them than for many other materials.

The material also lends itself to decorative shapes and finishes. Mold-poured acrylic can resemble anything from sweet red roses to nuts and bolts. Clear or glitter-spangled plugs give you options that other materials can’t. Let your piercings make a statement with plugs featuring faces, symbols, colors and patterns that no other substance can match.

Hard acrylic doesn’t require much special care. As with any body jewelry, you’ll need to wash them, but they’re sturdy enough to be shatter-proof and dent-proof if you accidentally drop them. Keep them away from high temperatures, and they should last you for ages.

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Soft Acrylic Plugs

Also known as silicone, soft acrylic ear plugs and tunnels are made out of the same non-reactive, flexible material that makes traditional muffin pans obsolete. Hypoallergenic silicone stays flexible and soft at any temperature. They’re comfortable enough to sleep in and soft enough to insert with ease even first thing in the morning when you’re still half asleep. Soft acrylic is ideal for long-term piercings that don’t need rigid support for expansion. Incredibly lightweight and warm, these plugs and tunnels feel like you aren’t wearing anything.

Soft acrylic has a unique finish to it that makes it a style statement all its own. Its matte, almost velvety surface looks like rubber, but feels slick to your fingers and your ears. These tunnels and plugs are built for comfort as well as style. If you’re planning an active day, silicone tunnels are a great choice for stylish comfort.

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Durable, inexpensive and stylish, soft acrylic tunnels and hard acrylic plugs suit your style. They fit your piercings, your mood and your budget.

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