The Most Popular Facial Piercings

Facial PiercingsFacial piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world. Generally, it depends on the piercing in question: some are more popular than the others. When deciding on a piercing it’s always useful to know about the most common piercing types, because they usually come with many different jewelry styles you can use. Not to mention that popular piercing types mean that many piercers are trained to perform them. Therefore, it will be easy to find a piercer to perform a piercing for you.

Here is the list of the most common facial piercings, not counting oral piercings:

Eyebrow

Eyebrow piercing is not only one of the most popular piercings but also the most common surface piercing in the world. There are several variants of this piercing, and some are more popular than the others.

By far, the most common variant of the eyebrow piercing is vertical. It is done vertically through the ridge of the eyebrow. If you wish to get this piercing, rest assured that there will be many piercers who can perform it without a problem.

Other placements and orientations are also possible, such as the horizontal eyebrow piercing or anti-eyebrow piercing. These are somewhat rarer placements, though most piercers will know how to perform them. Keep in mind that eyebrow piercings are generally not complex so most piercers will have at least some experience with them.

Nostril

Nostril piercing is another super-popular piercing. It is relatively discreet and uses small jewelry pieces, so it’s loved by many people who want to have a piercing but don’t want it to be huge or distracting.

Nostril piercings are not difficult to do, so all professional piercers know how to perform them without a problem. When choosing a nostril piercing, you will need to choose the nostril you wish to pierce (left or right). You will typically be able to choose the placement (how high or low on the nostril the piercing will be). However, keep in mind that your piercer will determine the best spot to get pierced and in some cases choosing a different placement may be uncomfortable.

Labret

Labret piercings are the most popular of all lip piercings. In fact, they are so popular that many people call any lip piercing “labret”. However, keep in mind that labret is a lip piercing with a special placement and choosing any other placement will create a different lip piercing and not labret.

Labret piercings are performed through the lower lip, typically in the center of the lower lip. As such, it sits under the lip and above the chin. This is a standard labret piercing. Other placements, such as piercing done on the upper lip, on the philtrum, on the sides, etc. create different lip piercing with their own unique names: Madonna, Monroe, Jestrum, etc.

If you wish to go with the most popular choice, choose labret piercing on the bottom lip. However, keep in mind that professional piercers know how to perform many different lip piercings so if labret placements is not what you want, you can always opt for a different lip piercing type.

Septum

Septum piercing is a nose piercing done in the middle of the nose, through the nasal septum. Some people may think it’s not such a popular piercing. While it’s true that septum piercing is less common than other piercings on this list, it’s important to note that it is still among the most popular facial piercings.

Therefore, if you wish to get a septum piercing you need to know you’re in a good company. Also, since this is a popular piercing, it means there are many piercers who are experienced in performing this piercing so you don’t have to worry about that.

Piercing Problems: Hypergranulations

HypergranulationOne of the most common problems you may have with your piercing is a red bump forming around the piercing. These bumps, called hypergranulations, can form even if you take a good care of your piercing, but are more common with neglected piercings.

One more reason to perform adequate aftercare and to take a good care of your piercings!

Hypergranulations form around the piercings in healing, though it is not unheard of to have one formed around an old piercing, particularly if it’s infected. That being said, most of hypergranulation bumps form around piercings in healing, which is one of the reasons to always take a great care of your new piercing and to observe it closely to notice any problems.

Keep in mind that a piercing is essentially a wound in healing. Hypergranulations form around wounds, and piercings are no different. These growths can form quickly around a piercing in healing, particularly if the piercing is subjected to significant level of moisture. Another common problem that can lead to development of bumps is infection – infected piercings often produce hypergranulations. Finally, keep in mind that trauma and other injuries to your piercing can lead to the development of hypergranulation tissue.

There are two ways in which hypergranulations manifest around a piercing. The first one is a reddish bump at one side of the piercing. It is typically formed on the side, but it can appear almost anywhere around a piercing. Many of those bumps look puffy and like they are filled with fluid.

The other common form is a red, puffy tissue around the piercing. These hypergranulations without a bump are more common around surface piercings, but it’s not a rule.

Hypergranulations always have a raised appearance and tend to be reddish in color. Often times, they resemble keloid scars, but are less extreme and usually much easier to remove. Keep in mind that a hypergranulation is always localized around the piercing and doesn’t spread much in other directions. It is an aesthetic problem but easier to control than keloid scars and it’s also less problematic for the health. That being said, some hypergranulations can get out of control so it’s always important to seek medical attention in the case of hypergranulations. While some cases can be successfully treated at home, sometimes there is nothing you can do. If the hypergranulations persist or if they grow and cause further problems, it is vital to seek medical attention.

As with many other problems with piercings, it is best to treat hypergranulations as soon as they start forming. This gives you the best chance to treat them completely and without much hassle.

How to Treat Hypergranulations

Oftentimes, hypergranulations form as a result of the pressure jewelry makes on the piercing. This is why changing jewelry to a more comfortable piece is typically the first thing to do if you wish to treat and stop hypergranulations. In this case, you may need to change jewelry for a smoother, lighter or longer jewelry piece. It is best to switch to jewelry made of hypo-allergenic material such as titanium or BioPlast.

If this happens during the initial stages of healing, make sure to consult your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to change jewelry by yourself unless the piercing is healed or at least pass the initial stages of healing.

In order to get rid of the hypergranulation tissue, you need to use sea salt solution soaks several times per day. Alternatively, you may use specialized aftercare sprays made for piercings in healing, provided that they are not too harsh. The gentlest way to go is to make your own saline solution. If your piercing is in healing, use the solution you’d apply anyway as part of your cleaning regime. This time, however, make sure to add one or two more saline soaks per day than your usual amount.

Other than saline soaks, it is important to keep your piercing dry. Keep in mind that moisture makes the matters worse, so your piercing should be kept clean and dry.

You should see an improvement within a few days to a week. While he hypergranulation might not disappear completely, it should be smaller and your piercing should show signs of improvement. In case this doesn’t happen even after a week, you should seek advice from your doctor.

Do not wait – hypergranulations can turn into infections or scars, and you want to avoid that at all costs.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Do not mistake hypergranulations for other problems, such as piercing infections, acne or keloid scars. If in doubt, consult your piercer. However, keep in mind that it’s vital to talk to your doctor to get true medical advice and help.
  • Typically, hypergranulations form around navel and nostril piercings, but can develop anywhere. Do not assume that you are risk-free if you get a piercing that is not commonly known for causing hypergranulations.
  • To improve healing, make sure to get plenty of rest. Eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water.
  • Do not disturb your piercing. Make sure it doesn’t get caught on clothes or during your sleep. Never touch your piercing and don’t twist or turn the jewelry.
  • If you cannot treat a hypergranulation or if it gets worse, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
  • One of the best ways to prevent hypergranulations is to perform adequate aftercare for your piercing in healing and to observe your piercing regularly to notice any changes.
  • In some extreme cases, hypergranulations cannot be treated while the jewelry is still in and while the piercing exists. In this case, you will need to retire your piercing. However, if it’s done properly you may be able to get re-pierced when the tissue is rested and healed.

Top 5 Simplest Piercings

First PiercingNewbies often wonder about the best first piercing placements for beginners.

If you don’t have any piercings yet, or if you only have a few, you might wonder what is the best piercing type for newbies.

In other words, what is the best first piercing?

Here is a list of top 5 first piercing suggestions. These piercings are simple, relatively painless and typically risk-free, which makes them great choices for newbies.

  1. Earlobe

Earlobe is a logical first step for most people. A regular earlobe piercing is so socially acceptable that it’s popular even among people who dislike other piercings. In fact, it is considered so mainstream and inoffensive that it’s often not even counted as a “real” piercing.

Despite this reaction from the public, earlobe piercings are real piercings just like any others. Therefore, they should be treated as any other piercing, with the same aftercare instructions and approach to procedure. Meaning: it’s important to get pierced at a real piercing studio and it’s vital to be pierced by a professional using a piercing needle. Never allow to be pierced with a piercing gun or by a someone who is not a professional piercer. Keep in mind: earlobe piercings may be relatively simple and painless but they should be treated like real piercings.

That being said, earlobe piercings make an excellent choice for a first piercing because of several reasons. They are simple and quick, so they do not cause much pain or discomfort. They are also very popular and, as stated above, socially acceptable. It means you can try piercings without much risk. If you are interested in piercings it is recommended to start with earlobes even if this is not your most desired piercing type. An earlobe piercing will help you prepare for the whole experience better than going with a more extreme piercing first.

  1. Nostril

Another light and simple piercing you can get without much trouble. While not all nose piercings are painless and easy, a simple nostril piercing is a good choice for newbies. It is not particularly painful so it makes for a relatively easy experience.

Another advantage to nostril piercings is that they tend to be small and discreet. If you wish to have piercings other than those on your earlobes, starting with something small makes sense. Nostril piercings are easy to hide, which is yet another advantage of this piercing type.

  1. Eyebrow

Eyebrow piercings are very stylish and popular. The best thing is that they are not complicated to perform, which makes them a good choice for those who wish to get piercings but want to start with something simple enough.

One thing to remember about eyebrow piercings is that they are actually surface piercings. In fact, they are the most popular surface piercings in the world. It makes for a simple and relatively painless procedure, but it also means these piercings are not permanent. While not all eyebrow piercings will migrate or reject, this is one risk associate with this piercing type, so it’s important to pay attention to that.

  1. Navel

Navel piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world. They make a perfect candidate for a first body piercing. If you wish a piercing that is not on your ears, navel makes a great place for a simple yet very effective piercing. It is therefore not surprising that many newbies choose this piercing type.

Navel piercings are great because they are typically easy to perform and maintain. Another huge advantage is the number of different jewelry styles you can choose to wear in your belly button piercing. Curved barbells are standard jewelry types for navel piercings, and many of them are very richly ornamented. On the other hand, you may choose a different jewelry style, such as a circular barbell or a Captive Bead Ring.

  1. Other Ear Piercing (not cartilage)

Ears make a good placement for beginner piercings. While earlobe is the obvious choice, some other placements are very popular with newbies. You may opt for a helix piercing or for a more unusual placement such as a rook or a daith piercing.

There are some words of warning, though. If choosing an ear piercing that is not located on the earlobe, make sure you are familiar with the exact type of the piercing you want to get. Keep in mind that ear cartilage piercings may be painful, so proceed with caution. That being said, ear piercings, especially when they are done at smaller gauges, are very popular and a good choice for newbies.

Nasallang Piercing

Nasallang PiercingNasallang is a special nose piercing made horizontally through the nose. It is also called a “tri-nasal” piercing since it goes through three points on the nose.

Despite this complexity, a nasallang is considered to be a single piercing.

This is one of the rarer nose piercing types.

Piercing and Placement

Nasallang piercing is made out of three different piercing holes performed on the nose. One is made on the right nostril, the other on the left nostril and final on the septum. All these holes are treated as a single piercing and they use the same jewelry piece.

This is a horizontal piercing that goes through the nose, from one nostril through the septum to the other nostril. It can be understood as a pair of nostril piercings and a septum piercing combined into a single piercing.

Nasallang can be understood as a sort of an Industrial piercing, only through the nose instead of the ear. It is also similar to Ampallang – horizontal penis piercing.

This piercing was publicized by Cliff Cadaver in the 1990s. This piercing was first seen on Bobby Brady.

Jewelry

A Nasallang piercing is connected by a single jewelry piece. Typically, nasallang uses on straight barbell as jewelry. The barbell has to be long enough to accommodate all three holes (both of the nostrils and septum piercing).

Therefore, it’s best to use long, Industrial barbells for Nasallang piercing. After all, nasallang is a type of Industrial piercing, so Industrial barbells are best to be used for this piercing type.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Nasallang is typically made low on the nostril, since the same jewelry piece has to go through both the nostrils and septum. However, placement varies from person to person and depends on the individual anatomy.
  • Even though Nasallang connects three piercing holes, it will look like two nostril piercings on the outside, since the septum part of the piercing and jewelry will typically not be seen.
  • Nasallang is usually performed all at once (all three holes at the same time), though it can be performed one by one (doing one hole at a time). Doing one hole at a time is not recommended since placement has to be perfect to connect Nasallang into a single piercing, and small migrations can happen. For this reason, it’s best to perform all three piercings at the same time.
  • Since there are three holes to heal it takes this piercing a bit longer to heal than nostril and septum piercings individually.

The Top 5 Easy to Hide Piercings

Easy to Hide PiercingsAre you looking for some easy to hide piercings and piercing options? There may be many different reasons to hide your piercings, such as job, education and other factors.

Of course, the easiest way to go is to choose a piercing that is normally covered by clothes, such as a navel or a nipple piercing. Also, genital piercings are very easy to hide in everyday situations.

What about piercings located on the face and head, however? They are more difficult to hide. If you really wish to have some discreet facial and oral piercings, here is the list of the top 5 piercings that are easy to hide:

  1. Tongue Web

Tongue web piercings are performed on the thin piece of skin under the tongue. This tissue is also known as tongue frenulum. This is not the most popular piercing out there, mainly because it is hardly visible, unless the person truly wants to show off the piercing. However, the fact this is a difficult to see piercing also helps it with hiding. In other words, this is probably the easiest piercing to hide, if you do not count piercings that are normally covered by clothes.

  1. Smiley

Smiley is another unique oral piercing that is also easy to hide. It is performed on the thin web of skin that connects the upper lip with gums. This tissue is very thin and easy to piece, so it’s considered one of the easiest piercing types out there. The main downside to this piercing is the fact that it’s not really visible – in fact, the only way to see it is if the person smiles widely (hence the name). However, this downside can work to your advantage if you with to have a piercing that is easy to hide. Smiley can be worn without a problem and chances are that nobody will notice it.

  1. Septum

Septum piercing is probably the easiest facial piercing to hide. You may think it’s a very obvious piercing, since it’s placed in the middle of your face, but the placement itself allows for easy hiding. All you really need is an appropriate jewelry. See, the easiest way to hide a septum piercing is to simply turn the jewelry up your nose. Just turn it up so the ends of the jewelry sit inside your nostrils. When done this way, septum jewelry is almost invisible, so this is definitely a good piercing to choose if you need something that is easy to hide. However, make sure to wear a jewelry piece with open ends, such as a circular barbell. Fully closed jewelry pieces, such as Captive Bead Rings, are not good for this purpose.

  1. Tragus

Tragus is probably the easiest ear piercing to hide. It is done on the part of cartilage just in front of the ear opening. There is a little flap that can accommodate small jewelry. It makes tragus piercing very discreet, especially if you wear jewelry that is not too flashy or ornamented. Also, tragus piercing is easy to hide with hair. All you need to do is to cover it with a bit of hair, and the best thing is that it’s so small it can be covered even if your hair is in a ponytail. It makes it a very convenient ear piercing to hide.

  1. Tongue

You may think of a tongue piercing as a very prominent one, but it’s actually pretty well-hidden. It does not really show much when you talk, so it’s easy to miss, especially if you don’t wear large or colorful jewelry. In fact, the main reason this type of piercing is spotted is because people have a slight lisp during the healing time (especially in the first few days). So it’s actually the lisp and not the piercing itself that might give it away. The tongue piercing itself, however, is relatively easy to hide, so this is definitely one of the more popular piercings you might want to get if you need a piercing you can hide easily.

5 Surprisingly Painless Piercings

1729pThere are some piercings that are known to be relatively painless.

Earlobe, for example, is known as probably the least painful piercings of them all.

However, there are some other piercings that are relatively painless or definitely much less painful than they look.

But let’s start with the easiest one:

Earlobe Piercing

Everyone knows this one is relatively easy to go through. Earlobe tissue is soft and not particularly thick, so it’s easy for a needle to go through. However, it’s always important to use a proper piercing needle for this procedure.

Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Guns are dangerous, unsanitary and can make the whole procedure much painful than what it’s supposed to be. Plus, no knowledgeable professional will want to use a piercing gun so if your piercer uses it, there is a good chance they are not a reliable professional. Find a studio and a good piercer who will perform this piercing properly.

Septum Piercing

When done right, nose septum piercing does not hurt much. It’s because the piercing itself doesn’t go through nose cartilage at all. Instead, the piercing is done on the thin skin just in front of the cartilage. If you pinch your nose on this spot you will feel how thin the tissue actually is.

For a septum piercing to be positioned correctly, your piercer has to go through that tissue alone. If done correctly, it doesn’t bring much pain. It is actually one of the least painful piercings out there.

However, many people say that they experienced significant pain during the procedure. The reasons is that some piercers are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to hit the right spot. If the needle goes through the cartilage or if the piercing is positioned too low, it might end up being painful. To avoid this problem, always seek an experienced piercer who knows how to perform septum piercings correctly. Chances are that it will be one of the least painful piercings you’ll get!

Tongue Piercing

It may surprise many people, but classic tongue piercings are not particularly painful. They may seem painful because tongue is thick and there is a lot of tissue for needle to go through, but fear not: it is actually one of the least painful places you can get pierced.

However, please note that this is only true for a typical central tongue piercing. Other tongue piercing types may prove to be more painful. Also, it’s important to find a knowledgeable piercer who is experienced with tongue piercings to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Bridge Piercing

Surprisingly enough, but piercing the bridge of your nose is not particularly painful. Bridge piercing, also known as Erl piercing, is not as popular as some other piercing types, but there are many people who choose to get it.

It may seem like a sensitive spot, but bridge piercings are relatively quick to perform and they don’t hurt much. They definitely look more painful than they actually are, so if you are thinking about getting this piercing, there is no need to fear pain.

Prince Albert

Now, this one is a bit different. PA is a genital piercing and as such, it is more painful than some other piercing types. At the same time, Prince Albert is surprisingly painless compared to most other piercings. It is one of the least painful genital piercings for sure, but it’s also less painful than many “regular” piercings.

The thing is that only a little bit of a very thin tissue is pierced during this procedure. Most of the piercing uses the natural hole – urethra, so all the piercer needs to perform is a slight cut on the underside of the penis. The skin on that spot is thin and the procedure is done quickly. Most men describe the pain as a pinch and claim that PA piercing was much less painful than some “ordinary” piercings, such as ear cartilage piercings or nose piercings.

In other words, if you want to have a genital piercing but you’re scared of the pain, Prince Albert may be the perfect solution for you!

Nostril Jewelry Fitting

Nostril Jewelry FittingNostril piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world, so it’s not surprising there are many beautiful jewelry pieces to go with it. You may choose between several different nose jewelry styles that are specially designed for this type of piercing or you may use multifunctional jewelry that will accommodate almost any piercing. When choosing your nose jewelry, however, you need to make sure that the chosen jewelry piece fits your requirements. Here are some tips on how to ensure that.

Know Your Size

The most important thing is to know the gauge you are pierced with, because it will determine the size of the jewelry you need to get. Of course, if you have a stretched piercing you will need to know your current gauge. Whatever you do, knowing your gauge is absolutely needed because you won’t be able to find the appropriate jewelry that fits if you are unsure about the gauge.

If you don’t know the gauge you may take your older nose jewelry and use a gauge wheel to measure it. If everything else fails, go to your piercer to consult them about the gauge size you need to buy.

Another measurement to keep in mind is the length of the post. Most nostril jewelry pieces have a post so you need to know how long it has to be to accommodate you. This size is individual and jewelry is made to accommodate most people. However, there are also some jewelry styles that can be easily customized if general sizes don’t fit you.

How to Ensure a Perfect Fit

Here are some additional tips on how to ensure a great fit or your nostril piercing jewelry:

  • If a jewelry piece leaves a gap between the flesh and the top of the jewelry, it means that the post of the jewelry is a bit too long for you. The decorative top of the jewelry should be just at the nostril u4level. If it sticks out, it means you need a bit shorter post.
  • Similarly, if decorative part of jewelry sinks in, it’s a sign that the post is too short. You will need jewelry with a longer post.
  • If the end part of the nose screw sticks out at the bottom of the nostril, it means you’ll need a bit shorter jewelry. If it’s not possible for your to find a shorter nose screw you can use a different jewelry type, such as a nose bone.
  • If your piercings starts to feel a little sore, it might be a sign that your jewelry is not properly fitted or that you need to try a different style. Experiment with different jewelry types until you find what works the best for you.
  • In case it’s very difficult to find any jewelry type that fits, the problem may be in your piercing. You might be pierced too high or too low, which makes it difficult to find appropriate jewelry. Also, unconventional placements sometimes make it tricky to find jewelry that fits. If this is your case, consult your piercer for tips on how to choose the best jewelry for your unique piercing.

How to Choose Nostril Jewelry Style

Genuine Diamond - Bezel Cluster - Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Genuine Diamond – Bezel Cluster – Nostril Screw or NoseBone

Nostril jewelry pieces tend to be very stylish and discreet. They are a great way to enhance your looks without ever becoming too distracting. It’s not surprising that nostril piercing is among the most popular body piercings in the world. While women are usually those who have nostril piercings, there are also many men who choose this facial piercing.

Since nostril piercing is so popular, there are many different jewelry types and styles to choose from. Many of them are made to look pretty similar on the outside, so the real difference is the way they are shaped. You may wonder how to choose the best nostril jewelry style for your needs.

Different Nostril Jewelry Types

Nostril jewelry is made to accommodate nostril piercings. It means that most of the jewelry types you will use in this piercing are specially made for nostril piercings and nothing else. Of course, you may wear some generalized jewelry types in your nostril (such as circular barbells or Captive Bead Rings, for example), but there are many different jewelry types specially made for nostril piercings.

The most common nostril jewelry types are:

  • NoseBones
  • Nose Screws
  • L-Bars
  • Fishtails

One important thing to remember about these jewelry types is that they look pretty similar on the outside. It means that it won’t be always apparent what kind of a nostril jewelry you have. Typically, nostril jewelry will have a small ball, gem or another decoration on the outside. This decoration sits against the nostril, so this is all that’s seen on the outside.

The real difference is on the inside: these varied nostril jewelry styles have different shapes, which means different ways to insert them.

Since most of these jewelry types look similar on the outside, to choose the best style for your needs is not about aesthetics. In fact, most jewelry pieces are made in several different styles, so when you find a piece you like, you can order it in the style you wish.

So, how to choose the best nostril jewelry style? It will depend on your needs and what is the most comfortable for you to wear.

NoseBones

NoseBones are straight jewelry pieces. They have a decorative tip and a short, straight post with a ball on the bottom end. The ball is only slightly wider than the post so it can be inserted through the piercing.

One good thing about this jewelry piece is that it’s relatively easy to insert. All you need to do is to run the jewelry through the piercing hole. It may cause a small discomfort since your piercing hole has to expand slightly so the bottom ball can go through, but it’s usually not a serious nuisance. A potential problem with NoseBones is that it can fall out relatively easily, especially if the bottom ball is only slightly larger than the post.

Nose Screws

These jewelry pieces have a decorative tip while the body of the jewelry is curled into a semi-circle and then bent. There are 2 different types of this style, depending on the nostril. So, the bend will be made to accommodate either right or left nostril. When ordering a nose screw, it’s important to specify whether you want a right or a left one.

A good thing about this jewelry type is that it’s relatively secure. You may insert it yourself with a bit of twisting, and once you’re done, you can be sure it won’t fall out easily. However, keep in mind that Nostril Screws are relatively tricky to insert. Another downside to this jewelry type is that it may spin around and scratch your nostril from the inside. This is why it’s very important to have a perfect fit.

The L-Bar

The L-Bars are nostril jewelry pieces made in the shape of the letter L. They have a decorative top, and the shaft is curved at the angle to resemble the letter L.

One good thing about this style is that they resemble Nostril Screws so they provide you with some security. On the other hand, they are easier to put on and take out.

Fishtails

Fishtails are a long, straight jewelry pieces with a decorative top. The shaft of the jewelry is very long, which makes it customizable. In other words, once you get your fishtail, you can measure a perfect length you need for your piercing and then bend it in any way you like.

This is a good advantage over Nostril Screws because it ensures a perfect fit. A Fishtail can be made to fit your nostril perfectly so it won’t cause discomfort. A downside is that it can be tricky to bend and cut jewelry all by yourself if you don’t have tools or knowledge on how to do it properly.

So, How to Choose?

Since all these styles look really similar on the outside, the choice will depend on your comfort level and experience. If you are skilled when it comes to nostril jewelry and if you know how to insert even the more complicated jewelry types, you should go for the most secure nostril jewelry types: Nostril Screws and Fishtails. Bonus if you know how to customize your Fishtail to fit you perfectly.

On the other hand, if you are a beginner and if you don’t really know how to insert more complicated jewelry pieces, the straight NoseBones may be the best choice for you.

The L-Bars are something in between. They provide more security than NoseBones while being easier to insert than Nostril Screws. This may be a good “intermediate” choice for those who want something more secure than NoseBones but are not yet ready for Nostril Screws or Fishtails.

Choosing the Best Nose Jewelry Piece for Yourself

Nose Jewelry PieceNose piercings, particularly nostril piercings (and, to a lesser extent, septum piercing) are very common piercing types. It means there are many people who choose this type of piercing for themselves. It can be as simple as a fashion statement and wanting to make yourself more stylish. Or it can be more extreme, especially in cases of stretched piercings.

Whatever your reasons may be, it’s important to keep in mind that jewelry is one of the most important things about your piercing. While it’s vital to keep your piercing clean and problem-free, the crucial thing about any piercing is jewelry.

In order to attract the most attention and use your nose piercing to the fullest, you need to know how to choose the right jewelry and how to take care of your nose jewelry pieces.

Nose Jewelry

There are many different nose jewelry pieces you can use. In part, this will depend on the type of nose piercing you have. Some jewelry types are specially made for certain piercings. For example, nostril piercing has special styles to go with them, such as NoseBones, nostril screws, fishtails or L-bars.

However, nose piercings can also use many generalized jewelry styles. Captive Bead Rings, circular barbells or even curved barbells and straight barbells can be worn in certain piercings. It all depends on your style and what you want to achieve. When it comes to septum piercing, it can use tusks and other similar jewelry types.

As you can see, nose jewelry is very varied and you don’t have to limit yourself to specialized pieces made for nose piercings only.

How to Choose the Best Jewelry

Once you get your nose piercing and once it’s healed, you can start thinking about many different jewelry styles to go with it. Some people don’t like to change jewelry often and prefer to find that one perfect jewelry piece and wear it all the time. This is a good way to go if you don’t like to change your jewelry, but you don’t have to limit yourself to one jewelry piece or one style.

Your chosen jewelry should be something comfortable, beautiful and something you like to wear. It’s important that your jewelry doesn’t hurt you or harm you in any way. This is why it’s important to find a perfect fit. Never insert any jewelry that is larger or smaller in gauge than the gauge you are pierced with. This is a recipe for a disaster.

Other than that, it’s important to choose jewelry that will suit your style. Think about your outfits and general fashion sense. What kind of nose jewelry would go with it? You may prefer elegant and discreet jewelry pieces. Or you might opt for something large and bold. Whatever you choose, it’s important to be comfortable with it and to like to wear it.

Remember, you are not limited to only one jewelry piece or just one style. It’s best to have several jewelry pieces you can wear in many different situations. You can have an “everyday” jewelry piece you can wear over and over again, and then some more decorative and more stylish jewelry pieces ideal for special occasions.

The choice is yours. It’s important to choose something that truly expresses who you are. Your nose jewelry should be comfortable and to suit your style, whatever it may be.

Things to Consider when Choosing Nostril Jewelry

Nostril PiercingNostril piercing is among the most popular piercing types. It looks very stylish and it’s rarely distracting so you can wear your nose jewelry in many different situations. Luckily, there are many different nostril jewelry pieces you can choose.

However, it’s important to know how to choose your nose jewelry. Not all pieces will fit your piercing, your needs or your general style. There are several things you need to take into account when choosing nostril jewelry pieces for yourself.

The Right Gauge

The first thing you need to keep in mind when choosing nose jewelry is the gauge of the jewelry piece. This may go without saying, but it’s worth to be reminded of it: the gauge of your jewelry should be the same as your piercing. Meaning, you should choose the jewelry of the same gauge as the one you are pierced with. This is why it’s always important to know your gauge.

In some cases, you may choose jewelry that is one gauge smaller than your piercing, but keep in mind that it may make your piercing shrink. A jewelry that is one gauge larger may also be acceptable, but you need to go slowly. Inserting jewelry of a larger gauge will make your piercing stretch, even a little, so you need to go slowly in order to avoid injuries.

When ordering nose jewelry, keep in mind that the size you order is the gauge of the post.

Length

Another thing to consider when choosing the best nostril jewelry is the length of the post. It is important that your nose jewelry sits nicely and that it’s never too large or too small. The proper length of the post will prevent the jewelry of flipping around or even falling out.

The best length is the one that makes the jewelry sit nicely against the skin. The jewelry has to be comfortable and also to allow for a bit of expansion during breathing. It should never be too tight to cut into the flesh or to cause other problems. On the other hand, it should not be too loose or else it might hit your septum.

The right post length sometimes requires a bit of trial and error. It’s important to be patient and you will be able to find the best length that suits you. We sell our nostril jewelry in several standard sizes, so chances are that you will find the best nostril jewelry piece for your needs.

Material

There are many materials suitable for nostril piercings. Typically, any body-friendly material you may use for other piercing types will also work for your nostril jewelry. Some of the most popular materials include Surgical Steel (it’s best to use medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel), Titanium and Gold.

If you choose gold nostril jewelry pieces make sure that the gold used to make the piece is nickel-free. Nickel allergy is a common problem and you sure want to avoid it.

Jewelry Style

There are several common nostril jewelry types to choose from. You choice will depend on your individual preferences and needs. While all of these jewelry styles look similar on the outside and therefore produce similar aesthetic effect, there are some differences in design you should know about.

The most common nostril jewelry types include:

  • Nose Bones. They are made of a straight bar with a ball on one end a decoration on the other.
  • Nose Screws. They have a curved body and are made in left and right variations. The curved keeps the jewelry in place. Decoration is placed on the other end of the piece.
  • L-Shapes. They have an L-shaped curve that keeps the jewelry in place.
  • Nose Studs. Similar to nose bones, but without the ball on the other end to keep jewelry in place.
  • Fishtails. They have a long bar with decoration one end. You can bend the bar in any way you find comfortable, so they are good for customization.

Gem Size

Many nostril jewelry pieces come with gems. These gems can be Zircons or Genuine Precious Stones, depending on the style. Some even have Genuine Diamonds, so they are truly classy and stylish.

When choosing the best piece for your needs, it’s important to take your preferences into account. While nostril jewelry styles are typically small and discreet, the gem size can make a whole difference. You may choose a small and discreet gem if you prefer your nose jewelry to be elegant and not distracting. On the other hand, you may make your nose jewelry more noticeable by choosing a larger gem for your piece.

When choosing the gem size, keep in mind the occasions in which you may wear your nostril piece. For example, chances are that you will have to opt for smaller gems and more discreet jewelry pieces for work or other conservative places. In these situations, it’s best to choose really small gems, in case you wish to add a bit sparkle to your piece.

In other situations, such as birthdays, parties or special occasions, you may wish to wear a piece with a lager gem. Such a large gem will add a lot of sparkle to your face and make your nose piercing noticeable.