If there is one trend that absolutely puzzles me it’s the newfound love of the septum ring by the fashionable crowd. I have had my septum pierced for 9 years and for pretty much all 9 of those years it has been a piercing few others generally had. I remember when I got it and for years afterward it was thought of as “gross” by the very people flocking to it now. Then it was more of a counter-culture decoration and one of the many piercings I had on my face.
But for whatever reason it is having a moment now. But my one gripe is that if you want to rock that look, actually do it…don’t wear a cuff! With such a prominent piercing and edgy look cuffs are kind of cheating. You need to earn the look, especially since it is such a painful piercing to get.
As someone who has had it done twice I will give you some tips on getting it done and wearing it right…
1. It hurts.
Every time you stick a needle through your skin it’s painful but a septum piercing is a little more intense than your ear, nostril, lip etc. Grab the skin on the inside of your nose where the piercing will go and dig your fingernails in. Your eyes are probably watering. In my experience the septum is the most painful on the face (and I had the webbing of my gums pierced).
2. Take care of it.
I would recommend getting a horseshoe shaped ring as your first septum ring because it’s the most practical, easy to clean, and easy to hide. The piercer will usually default to this anyway. Just make sure the balls are screwed on tight. It will make your eyes water and pinch as you move it but letting it sit can make it worse with boogers and crust cementing it in there. Clean it with cotton swabs and try not to touch it with your bare fingers, it’s an open wound in a weird part of your body so infection is always an issue.
3. Don’t change the ring too soon.
Seriously, leave it alone. It hurts like hell if you take it out too soon and it will swell, bleed and smell bad. When you do change it make sure everything is clean (or go get your piercer to do it) because the jewellery is not easy to secure. You also might need pliers to get the ball off the first time because it has been crusted shut (for real). Mine has been healed forever and it takes me many tries to screw the ball in or latch the hinge.
4. Be consistent with jewellery size.
If your piercing is a 16g then keep up with that size jewellery. One of the mistakes I have made is fluctuating in size too often. For a while I had a thinner ring in my nose so when I decided to switch back to a different style in a larger gauge it felt like I was re-piercing it trying to stretch it out.
5. Keep it simple.
Don’t go out and buy all those frilly rings because you WILL get it caught on your clothes. You have not experienced pain until you have gotten your freshly pierced septum ring caught on your shirt. The general styles are the circular barbell with two balls on the end, the captive ring with one ball in the centre, the continuous which you bend in place (beware, these can be painful), the segment ring which has a piece come out either entirely or on a hinge, or a curved barbell.