With a nose piercing, there are different types of nose jewelry to try out. Changing your nose ring once in a while for a new look is a welcome idea. You may even just want to give your piercing site a good cleaning or attend an event ring free.
Unfortunately, putting in and removing a nose ring isn’t second nature to most people. You may find it difficult, and this can be a scary and frustrating experience. This article will show you how to put on and take off a nose ring like a pro.
💡 Warning: Do not attempt to change your nose jewelry before it is fully healed. This can cause irritation, slow the healing process, or cause the piercing to close.
What’s the easiest nose ring to put in?
The easiest type of nose ring to put in is an L-shaped stud. The stud is shaped like an “L,” so to put it in:
- Push in the bent part of the post, leaving the straight part facing downwards.
- Gently lift the straight part to push it through the piercing.
How to put on and take off nose rings
The different types of nose rings require varying methods. Before removing or putting in a nose ring, wash your hands with soap and water. Get rid of the dirt under your nails to avoid transferring dirt to your piercing. Also, clean the piercing site using a q-tip soaked in saline.
How to put in a nose ring with a corkscrew
A corkscrew has a straight part and a C-bend at the end of the post. Here’s how to put it in:
- Insert the first bend into the piercing and follow the curve by turning it downwards. This motion will allow the entire curve to enter the opening.
- To push in the straight part of the post, push the gem end upwards, and it should go in smoothly.
- The post may be visible from your nostril, so adjust it till it is no longer visible.
What to do if a corkscrew nose ring won’t go in
A corkscrew nose ring is a bit more complicated to put in than a typical stud. However, there are other reasons your corkscrew ring won’t go in.
- You may be trying to insert a corkscrew nose ring with a thicker post than your nose piercing. Make sure the gauge of your corkscrew ring is the same or thinner than the gauge of the needle you were pierced with.
- If you remove your piercing before it is completely healed or haven’t worn a nose ring in a long while, your piercing might be closing up. You should visit your piercer to find out if you need a new piercing.
- It may also be that the piercing site may have crusties blocking the opening. In this case, you can use a q-tip soaked in saline to clean the piercing area.
- Also, if you’ve never removed a corkscrew nose ring before, you may be getting the angle wrong. Insert the first bend into the piercing and follow the curve by turning it downwards. This motion will allow the entire curve to enter the opening. To push in the straight part of the post, push the gem end upwards, and it should go in smoothly. The post may be visible from your nostril, so adjust it till it is no longer visible.
If you’ve tried these four steps with no results, we recommend visiting your piercer for assistance.
What to do if a corkscrew nose ring won’t come out
Your corkscrew nose ring might be stuck because of boogers. So, you may need to clean your nose before attempting to remove it. Using a q-tip soaked in saline can help.
Once you’re sure the ring is free of boogers, do this:
- Twist it till you can see the post sticking out your nostril.
- Using one finger inside your nose as a guide, pull on the nose ring from the outside until you feel resistance, and then turn it backwards and pull gently to remove the rest of the post.
How to take out an L-shaped nose stud
To take out an L-shaped nose stud:
- Push it out from inside your nose.
- Once the straight part of the post is out, pull it downwards to take out the curved length.
How to remove a nose stud with a flat back
A flat back stud, also known as a labret stud, has a post with a gem and a flat back. It can either be a push pin flatback (also known as a threadless flat back) or a threaded flat back.
To remove a push pin flatback:
- Push the flat back part from inside your nose till it comes out on the outside.
- Use your fingers to pull out the part of the post with the gem. If your stud is a threaded flat back, you will need to unscrew the part with the gem instead of pulling it apart.
- Once you separate the two pieces, you can now remove the other post from inside your nose.
💡 Pro Tip: Wear latex gloves to help grip the part with a gem.
How do you take out your nose ring for the first time?
To take out your nose ring for the first time, you need to know what kind of nose ring you were pierced with. This will determine the method you will use. Usually, your piercer will inform you, but you can call to ask.
Depending on the ring type, you can use any of the instructions we’ve shared in this article.
How to put in a hoop nose ring for the first time
A hoop nose ring can be tricky to put in, but you can get it done with patience. Here’s how:
- First, put in the hoop from inside your nostril.
- Then, place a finger on your piercing site to guide you to find the opening.
- Once the open end of the hoop gets through the opening, turn the ring till the flat end is flush with the inside of your nose.
Once your hoop piercing is in, make sure it fits correctly. You may need to adjust it for a more snug fit. We wrote a guide to help you fit your nose ring snugly.
How do you unscrew a nose ring with a ball?
The nose ring with a ball is likely a labret stud. Here’s how to unscrew it:
- Push out the nose ring from inside your nose.
- Hold the ball between two fingers and turn it in the opposite direction it was screwed.
A latex glove will help you have a firm grip of the ball.
Change your nose rings like a pro
Typically, after getting your piercing, your piercer will walk you through the aftercare process and how to change your jewelry when your piercing is fully healed. You must know the kind of nose ring your piercer put in.
With all the descriptions, you now know how to put on and take off a nose ring. However, if you’re still apprehensive about doing it yourself, you can visit your piercer to help change your jewelry for a small fee.
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