How to Make a Nose Ring Fit More Snugly at Home

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Nose rings are usually worn for aesthetic purposes. So, if you look in the mirror and don’t like how yours fit on your nose, you can do something about it. There are many reasons why your nose hoop may not fit right. It may be because of the position of your piercing, the shape of your nose, the size of your nose, or the size of your nose ring. This article will show you how to make a nose fit more snugly.

How should a nose hoop fit?

Your nose hoop should be close to your nose without putting pressure on your piercing. You should be able to move it freely if you want to remove it. 

A professional piercer will measure your nose with a caliper to get your correct diameter. This measurement determines the size of the nose hoop your piercer will fit you with. 

Should your nose hoop touch your nose?

No, your nose hoop should not touch your nose. If it does, it means it’s too tight.

💡 Warning: If your nose hoop is too snug, it can cause your piercing to be sore, cause migration, or cause the ring to cut through the piercing.

Can I put an earring in my nose piercing?

No, you shouldn’t put an earring in your nose piercing. The post of earrings are usually too long for the nose and may end up in contact with nose tissue which can cause injury. Studs designed for nose piercings typically have shorter posts. 

Plus, most earrings are not made of safe materials — like titanium and implant-grade stainless steel — you need for your nose piercing. 

The jewelry for your nose piercing needs to have the correct thickness. Typical earrings posts are 22G which is thinner than the standard gauge for nose piercing, which is 18G. Even though people can switch to a post of 20G, anything thinner is not recommended because it will fall off. 

Also, wearing an earring will require you to use an earring back which does not feel comfortable in the nostril. Nose studs usually have a bent tip, so they stay put. Your best bet is to stick to the different types of nose rings designed specifically for nose piercings.

How to Make a Nose Ring Fit More Snugly 

To make a nose ring fit more snugly, have it measured by a piercer. If their recommended ring size still doesn’t fit, you may need a custom bend to suit your piercing. 

How to Make a Nose Ring Fit More Snugly at Home

Materials Needed

  • Wire cutter
  • Jewelry plier
  • Warm water
  • Antibacterial soap


  1. Hold up your nose hoop and snip away a tiny part. The amount of metal you cut off depends on how large your nose ring is for you.
  2. Use a jewelry plier to bend your hoop back in shape.
  3. Clean your nose ring with warm water and antibacterial soap.
  4. Put it in your nose to test the fit.
  5. If it is still too large, repeat the procedure of snipping away a tiny portion.

💡 Tip: Don’t remove your nose ring if your piercing is still new. Your nostril can take about 4-6 months to heal. If you remove your nose ring before it is completely healed, it can close up.

What can I use to bend my nose ring?

If your nose ring is thin, you can use your index finger and thumb to bend it, but if it is thick, you will need to get a nose ring plier. 

What’s the easiest nose ring to put in?

6pcs 20 Gauge 6.5mm Surgical Steel Screw Nose Rings for Women 20g Nose Stud Set Prong Set Diamond Piercing Jewelry for Nostril 3mm CZ Studs

An L shape nose ring is the easiest nose ring to put in. The ring is bent to resemble an L, so it looks like a hook. The hook feature prevents it from falling out.

Related: Here’s how to put in and take out all kinds of nose rings.

Make It Snug

If you were wondering how to make a nose ring fit more snugly, now you know. 

How tight fitting you want your nose ring to be is based on preference. Some people like their nose ring close to their nose, while others are more comfortable with having spacing. 

However, ensure you do not sacrifice maintaining your piercing for a close-fitting ring. Your nose ring should not sit so close to your nose that it pulls on your piercing.

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