In the past, nose piercings were a rarity for both men and women in the Western world. Men had rigid standards to abide by when it came to external appearance, and even colors were gender-specific.
Nowadays, society's beauty ideals are evolving, and nose piercing for men is neither taboo nor uncommon.
In other countries, men pierce their noses for religious, tribal, and cultural reasons. Men in some Australian Aboriginal tribes have septum piercings. The Papua New Guinean Bundi tribe also embraces this type of body modification. In the past, Aztec, Mayan, Egyptian, and Persian men also wore nose rings.
Today, septum piercing is common practice in both men and women. The jewelry and location of the piercing vary, with different styles available depending on your aesthetic. With a range of different styles, you can opt for a not-too-obvious piece or one that makes a bold statement.
Regardless of your preference, don’t let being male stop you from getting a nose piercing. You aren’t alone.
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Should guys get nose piercings?
Gender should not determine what you can and cannot wear.
Nose rings are fashionable accessories that male celebrities and influencers famously show off. Some stars who sport nose rings include Lenny Kravitz, Tupac Shakur, Justin Bieber, Travie McCoy, and even legendary Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker also has a nose ring, and so does rapper Wiz Khalifa.
If you like the look of a nose ring and want to add flair to your style, you can purchase magnetic nose rings to see how it looks before committing. If you like it, go ahead and schedule your piercing.
Which side should guys get their nose pierced?
In some cultures, like India, women get piercings on their left nostril. This preference is due to the belief that the piercing strengthens the womb and makes it easier for a woman to give birth. However, in most other places, it makes no difference which side of your nose you pierce as long as you like the way it looks. Most people have a preference simply because they feel the nose piercing looks better on one side of their face.
You can use photo editing software to see whether the jewelry looks better on your left or right nostril. Regardless, your piercing location is a personal decision. Your opinion matters most when it comes to where you pierce your nose.
What are the most common places to pierce the nose?
One misconception about nose piercings is that there are only a few styles. Nose rings are as diverse as any piercing, and the jewelry can decorate a surprising number of places. The most popular places to get a nose piercing include:
- The nostril is quite versatile and is perfect for hoops, rings, bead rings, L-shape, nostril screws, and nose bones.
- High nostril:
- This piercing is on top of the fleshy side of the nose and works with nose bones, screws, studs, and L-shape pins.
- This part is between the left and right nostrils. The best jewelry styles for it are the circular barbell and the captive bead ring.
- Piercings for the bridge don't involve puncturing bone or cartilage and are an excellent option for men. The best styles for it include circular barbell jewelry and the curved barbell.
- Vertical tip:
- Although not as popular as the other options, vertical tips are unique and stylish and involve a curved barbell that starts at the tip of the nose to the bottom.
- This complicated style involves three points of penetration — both sides of the nostrils and the septum.
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The placement of your nose ring is up to you. Most of these styles have a standard healing time of three to six weeks and don't require extensive care. We also recommend going with threadless jewelry, which adjusts to your nose instead of the push-on style that can fit loosely.
What type of nose piercing jewelry should I wear?
The type of nose jewelry you choose depends on where your piercing is and the material you choose. For example, what looks good on a nostril may not work as well on your septum or bridge. Always purchase jewelry from a source you trust.
At Pierced, we only work with ethical brands that manufacture high-grade jewelry, like Junipurr Jewelry, Buddha Jewelry Organics, and BVLA. When possible, we recommend gold body jewelry that is 14k and above. Gold is less likely to cause infections or irritate the skin, especially if it does not contain impurities.
Our professional piercers can help you choose the type of jewelry that looks best for you face shape and lifestyle. If you already have a piercing and need new jewelry, check out our online shop. With so many styles and materials to choose from, you're sure to find perfect nose jewelry for your needs.
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Working with an experienced piercer can make all the difference when it comes to your piercing experience. If you’re in the Mississauga or Newmarket, Ontario area and have any questions about ear piercing, body piercing or jewelry, give us a call or stop by our piercings studio today. We’d love to help walk you through what to expect and help you choose the right option.