how to put in a nose ring

Did you recently get your nose pierced? If not, you might be thinking of getting one soon? If your answer is a ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place.

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Here, we will share in-detailed information with you on 11 different types of nose rings. What’s more, we will also provide you step-by-step instructions on how to put each of them in.

How to Put In Nose Rings

1. Captive nose rings

Captive nose rings
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Also commonly called Ball Closure Rings (BCRs), captive rings have a captive ball or some other small decorative pieces held in place by tension. If you’re someone who loves the look of ball captive rings, you might as well get yourself one.

However, if you are not a fan of the bead that comes with most of the captive rings, you don’t have to compromise as there are plenty of alternatives to captive nose rings.

How to put it in?

As the bead is held in place by tension, once you spread your ring slightly it will come right off. After that, insert it inside the hole with the help of your thumb and index finger.

Rotate the ring such that its opening faces the exterior of the nose and align the small indentation in the bead with its end. Now, with decent pressure snap the ball back into the ring.

2. Segment nose ring

Segment nose ring 1

Though inspired by captive rings, these rings feature a curved portion in the ring that can be popped out from the ring. The segments can be easily popped out of the ring. However, inserting the segment back into the ring might be quite tricky.

Segment rings look very sleek and minimal and do not fall-out easily. Various decorative and fancy segment rings are also available these days.

How to put it in?

You can easily pop out the segment from the ring by pulling the ring and the segment in opposite direction. You can then insert the hole and twist it just that the opening of the ring is faces outwards.

Now, insert one end of the segment to its corresponding end in the ring and force the other end of the segment to the remaining end of the ring. If you need to take it out, pop out the segment by applying a gentle force or with the help of a plier.

3. Nose hoops

Nose hoops

These are the simplest type of nose rings you can ever find. The nose hoop is an open ring with a small bead at the end to protect your ring from falling out. If you are someone who loves to change nose jewelry often, nose hoops might be best for you.

How to put it in?

Nose hoops are extremely easy to insert and remove. Start by guiding the non-beaded end of the hoop through your hole from inside. You can use your thumb from outside to track its progress. Once it is in, rotate the ring, and you’re good to go!

4. Clicker rings

Clicker rings

Clicker rings feature a hinged segment which is held in place by two small tines in the ring. These types of rings initially used to come with a straight segment and were popular as septum clickers. However, plenty of circular and fancy clicker rings are taking up space in the nostril jewelry niche.

How to put it in?

Open the hinge of your clicker ring and insert the opened ring into the hole. Once the ring is inside the hole, rotate the ring such that the hinge region lies outside of your nostril, and snap the segment into the other end of the ring. Make sure to hear a ‘click’ sound.

5. Horseshoe barbells nose rings

Horseshoe barbells nose rings
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These nose rings are primarily septum rings. However, in case you have no other options, you can always flip your ring such that only the ring portion is visible on the nose.

Horseshoe barbells have decorative or minimal looking removable beads at the ends.

How to put it in?

Horseshoe barbells are very easy to wear and are very secure as well. Firstly, you have to remove a bead from one of the ends and insert the ring into your septum or nose hole. Once you rotate the ring and insert the bead back to its end, you’re done!

6. Seamless nose rings

Seamless nose rings

Seamless nose rings do not feature any beads or hinge mechanism. It does not have enough opening as in nose hoops but consists of a small nick. Seamless nose rings are often plain and minimalistic.

How to put it in?

To put in your seamless nose ring, slightly twist/bend the ring to open it. Remember to not force the ring sideways along the surface area of the ring. Once it is open, slide the ring into your piercing.

Rotate the ring such that the opening faces the exterior of the nostril and force the ends of the rings back to its original position.

7. L-shaped nose stud

L-shaped nose stud

L-shaped nose stud might be the most common nose jewelry. Owing to its ‘easy-to-insert’ feature, many piercers often use L-shaped nose stud as the initial nose jewelry of their customer. However, on the downside, these rings are notorious for falling out.

Many people use L-shaped rings as their ‘go-to’ ring as they can easily remove it in case they land up in situations where wearing a nose ring might not be considered appropriate.

How to put it in?

Putting in a nose stud is a 2-step easy process. Firstly, insert the end of the stud into your piercing. Next, raise the ring 90º upwards and push the remaining portion of the stud, and you’re done!

8. Fishtail nose ring

Fishtail nose ring

In case you love wearing L-shaped nose studs but every stud you ever bought is too tight or too loose for you, fishtail nose studs are the ones you should go for.

We all come in different shapes and sizes, so does our nose. One size of stud might not fit all of us. Fishtail nose rings, however, can be customized into an L-shaped one.

Many piercers also customize fishtail rings into L-shaped studs for their customers. You can also customize fishtail nose studs into a nose screw.

How to put it in?

With the help of a plier, bend the fishtail ring into an L-shaped or a nose screw and insert the ring into your piercing hole accordingly.

9. Labret nose ring

If all the other types of nose rings annoy you on the inner surface of your nose, a labret nose ring might be the best for you.

Labret nose ring consists of a pin with a decorative piece at the end and the other shaft with a flat disc at the end. The flat surface sits at the interior portion of the piercing and holds the outer decorative piece in place.

Labret nose rings can be threaded or unthreaded and its method of fitting varies accordingly.

How to put it in?

In the case of unthreaded labret nose rings, firstly separate the pin and the shaft by pulling each of them in opposite direction. Now, insert the shaft inside your piercing until you feel the tip on the outside.

Push the flat disc from below such that more of its tip is visible and insert the decorative pin inside the shaft. Once the pin reaches half of the shaft, slightly bend the pin such that it can tightly grasp the pin thus preventing it from falling. Finally, push the pin until the reaches the end of the shaft.

In the case of threaded labret rings, insert the pin into the shaft by rotating it in such a way that the threading in the pin and the shaft interlocks.

10. Nose bone

Nose bone

It is a type of a straight nose stud with a small ball at the end to hold the stud in place.

How to put it in?

You can insert the nose bone inside the piercing by gently pushing it from outside.

11. Nose screw

Nose screw

Nose screws feature a decorative piece at one end and a curve-shaped screw at the other that enables the nose ring to fit tightly against your nostril. However, many people find the nose screw uncomfortable because the screw is visible from the nostrils that often lead to awkward social conversations.

How to put it in?

The best way to put in a nose screw is to start by lubricating the inner part of your piercing. Now, insert the end of the nose screw and rotate the ring by following the shape of the screw. Once the curved shape is inside of your nose, push the remaining stud and you’re done!


Searching for the nose ring that suits you the best might be a daunting task. After all, it’s all about trial and error.

Even if you find the jewelry that matches your personality and taste, you’re not going to wear the same piece for long. So, play with your nose jewelry as much as you can!

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