If you wear a nose ring, the time will come when you need to remove it. Perhaps you want to go ring-free for a special occasion like a wedding or ball. Perhaps you want to clean it, or change it for a new piece of jewelry. Or perhaps you feel your time as a nose ring-wearer has come to an end.
Whatever the reason, just how do you go about removing your nose ring safely?
We’re going to guide you through everything you need to know. And with 9 different ways to remove nose rings, there’ll be a technique to suit both you and your jewelry.
So if you’re ready, let’s find out more …
1. How to remove a seamless nose ring
Despite the name, seamless nose rings actually have a break in the middle. In order to take out your nose ring, you’ll need to make it come apart at that break point.
To achieve this, hold the ring in both hands and twist it, gently but firmly. It should come apart at the break. You will then be able to slide it slowly out of your nose. Applying some lotion at the base of the piercing will make this easier. This YouTube video shows you how it’s done.
Note that you’re not pulling the ends directly away from each other. If you do that, you’ll damage the shape of the hoop. Instead, you’re twisting the ring so that one end moves above the other. This is what creates the gap that allows it to be removed.
Because nose rings are small, this can be quite fiddly. If you’re struggling to get a firm grip of your jewelry, there are opening and closing pliers that can help. These aren’t ordinary pliers, but are specially designed to help manipulate nose rings.
Look for a pair online, or ask your jeweler or piercing parlor for advice.
2. How to remove a segment nose ring
A segment ring is usually easier to take out. That’s because it’s designed with a section that comes out of the ring, allowing you to remove it.
Begin by holding the removable segment with one hand and the other part of the ring with the other. Now pull the two parts away from one another. Do this carefully, and don’t twist the ring. That way you’ll avoid injury to yourself or your jewelry.
The segment should come straight out as you pull, so keep a firm grip on it! Once it’s out, slide the rest of your ring gently out of your nose. Apply a little lotion at the base of the piercing, inside your nostril. That will help the nose ring slide out smoothly.
3. How to remove a hinged nose ring
Some nose rings utilize a hinge and clasp to keep them secure whilst making it easier to take them out. If you have this kind of nose ring, take the bottom part of the hoop between your fingers. Now with the other hand, gently pull up the hinged section.
The clasp should release, allowing you to slide the ring out through your nose. Avoid any distortion to the hoop by closing it up again after removal. To do this, align the closure with the clasp and click it into place.
4. How to remove a nose stud
Are you attending a wedding or special occasion, and want to exchange your usual nose stud for something more sparkly? Whatever the reason, removing a nose stud is just as easy as removing a ring. Here’s how to do it.
Your nose stud will consist of a short, straight post attached to the stud. Out of sight, inside your nostril, there’s usually a tiny bead that stops it from falling out.
Hold your stud between the fingers of one hand, and grasp the bead firmly with the other. Now pull your two hands smoothly apart.
The confined space in your nostril means that this can be rather awkward. Take your time and don’t be disheartened if it takes a few attempts.
5. How to remove a nostril screw
The nostril screw started life in India but is now popular across the Western world. To an observer, it looks pretty much the same as a nose stud. The difference is what’s going on inside your nostril.
Instead of a straight bar, the end inside your nostril has either an l-shaped bar or a hook. Removing it, though, is a similar process.
Begin by making sure that the l-shaped section is pointing outwards, away from the inside of your nostril. Then pull gently on your nose stud. When the nose screw is mostly out, point the stud towards the middle of your nose. Pull down gently again, and the rest of the nose screw will come out.
This YouTube video shows you what to do (watch out though – some swearing is involved!).
6. How to remove a bridal Nath
In some Asian cultures, and particularly in India, a nose ring is an important part of the bride’s wedding attire. Here, the nose ring is known as a Nath, and it can be both elaborate and heavy.
Some Naths are attached to chains, the other end of which is attached to the bride’s hair or an earring. And not all Naths require the nose to be pierced. Some simply clip or press into place.
The bride wears her Nath throughout the wedding – including to eat. So a little practice before the wedding day is a very good idea!
When it comes to removing the Nath, clip-on versions are very simple to unclip. Those held in place by a piercing will be able to be removed by the same techniques listed above. Just check what kind of design the Nath uses to choose the right approach.
If your Nath has a chain and is very heavy, have someone on hand after the wedding to help you. Ask them to hold the chain at one end whilst you remove the Nath from your nose.
It’s also a good idea to follow-up the removal of your Nath with some aftercare. If your nose is pierced, clean the piercing with a warm saline solution to prevent infection.
And you may want to avoid wearing other heavy nasal jewelry for a while. That will prevent any risk of your piercing becoming stretched.
7. How to remove a nose ring if your nose has become infected
Occasionally, your piercing may become infected. And in serious cases, the nose ring can even become embedded in the infected area.
If that has happened, don’t try to remove your nose ring yourself. You could easily find that you do more harm than good.
Instead, visit your doctor and explain what has happened. They will be able to arrange for your piercing to be removed without causing further injury or exacerbating the infection.
8. How to remove a nose ring permanently
If you’ve decided that you no longer want to wear a nose ring, you can, of course, remove it permanently. But if you want the hole to have disappeared in time for a wedding, job interview, or party, beware. It can take a considerable amount of time.
Exactly how long will depend on how quickly your body heals, as well as how long you’ve had the piercing.
If you’ve had your nose pierced for less than a year, you’ll find the hole closes up very quickly. It can start getting smaller within a couple of minutes of removing your nose ring. (So if you’re replacing your jewelry, have your new nose ring ready before you take out the old one!)
For piercings that are over a year old, it can take several months for the wound to heal. And if your piercing has stretched, the scar tissue will probably form in the stretched, rather than the original, shape.
The process for removing a nose ring or stud permanently is largely the same as for removing it temporarily. The only difference is that you’ll need to keep the wound clean to avoid infection as it heals.
To do this, wash it gently twice a day with a warm water. A slightly saline solution is even better, as that will help keep bacteria at bay. Just add a quarter of a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Stir it so that it dissolves. Then apply the solution to your piercing with cotton wool or a cotton bud.
9. How to remove a nose ring when all else fails
If you’ve tried all of the techniques listed here but haven’t been able to remove your nose ring – don’t panic!
If your nose is infected, go to your doctor. They’ll be able to sort the problem out for you.
But if your nose is fine, there’s another source of help – the person who pierced your nose. Any reputable jeweler or piercings parlor will be able to take out your nose ring. And they’ll show you how to do it for yourself next time.
Don’t be embarrassed if you have to ask! Removing nose piercings can take some practice, and you won’t be the first person they will have helped.
Ready to remove your nose ring?
We hope our guide to nine different ways to remove your nose ring has given you all the information you need. Whatever type of nose ring you have, there’s a simple way to take it out. Good luck!