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The dos and don'ts of putting in a new nose ring

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The dos and don'ts of putting in a new nose ring

Sharon Zimmerman

C'mon baby, let's do the twist! You've purchased a brand new solid gold nose ring (or you've been keeping your eye on a new nose ring here) and now it's time to give it the care that it deserves.

Left image: the right way to open your nose ring. Right image: makes puppies cry.

Left image: the right way to open your nose ring. Right image: makes puppies cry.

Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to open a nose ring? Here is a quick list of the dos and don'ts when it comes to opening a nose ring (or a tiny hoop earring for that matter):
 

Do: Wash your hands. With soap and water, like a regular human.

Do: ABT - Always. Be. Twisting. Twist open the ends side to side, which keeps them in line with each other and makes it easier to get a tight closure. 

Do: Only open it the minimum amount needed to slip it into your piercing.

Do: Gently twist it closed. You can use your fingers, but thicker gauges might require a pair of needle-nose pliers. 

Do: Feel free to ask a friend for help. It could be a bonding experience for the two of you.

Don't: Open the hoop laterally. This not only makes the ring harder to close, it also stresses the metal in the wrong direction and could weaken the ring.

Final Note: You might feel a small amount of irritation after changing a piercing. This is pretty normal since you have been roughing it up a little more than normal. It can also happen if you are gauging up. Try rinsing your piercing with a saline solution or soak to soothe the irritation.

The yellow gold nose ring in the top picture can be found here and the rose gold nose ring in the bottom picture can be found here

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