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In your search for septum jewelry, you will probably come across septum clickers the most often. These pieces are designed specifically for use in a septum piercing, hence the name. The differing diameters determine how far the jewelry hangs down from your nose.

In addition to septum clickers, however, a few other pieces of body jewelry can be worn in a septum piercing. The trick is to pay attention to the sizing. A standard size for septum piercings is 14 or 16 gauge. If you’re not sure of your size, check with your piercer.

Circular barbells or captive rings (aka BCR or CBR) can be worn comfortably in a septum piercing. Their rounded shape and ball closure provide a bit of a different look than septum clickers. They can be tricky to get on, though! Watch our instructional video on captive rings for help on wearing a BCR. (Link to YouTube video: here.) As with any piercing, if you have difficulty putting the jewelry in, it’s best to go to a piercing parlor and have them help you out.

*Captive rings can also be worn in a wide array of other piercings such as cartilage, tragus, eyebrow, nostril and lip piercings.

Circular barbells come in a horseshoe ring shape as well. With these guys, you will simply screw off the ball at one end to insert the jewelry into your septum piercing.

What are some other body jewelry pieces you’re curious about? Have you worn different jewelry in your piercings? Comment with your thoughts. ;)


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Where is a septum piercing located/ What is a septum piercing?

The septum is the anatomical name for the piece of flesh that divides the nasal cavities or nostrils. Made mostly of cartilage this section of flesh has what is called ‘the sweet spot’ within it. The sweet spot is a soft, membranous bit of tissue just below the cartilage and above the skin. It’s located up and towards the tip of the nose on most people. You can locate it if you reach up into both nostrils with your fingers and gently press them together, you should be able to find a section of skin that feels thinner. This is actually some of the thinnest skin that is pierced on the human body. As everyone’s anatomy is different, each person’s sweet spot may be larger or smaller in diameter, and higher or lower in placement.

The Jewelry

Many people find that they cannot openly wear a piece of jewelry on their face due to work, school, or other circumstances. For this reason it is very common for the initial jewelry to be a retainer. A retainer is a “u” shaped piece of metal. The open end allows the jewelry to be flipped upwards into the nasal cavity for easy concealment. If you are lucky enough to be able to sport a septum piercing openly, a curved barbell (horseshoe) or captive ring (bcr) is a good first choice. This piercing is usually done at a 14 or 12 gauge, but can be done minimally at 16 gauge and conversely at a 10 gauge maximum on larger anatomy.

The diameter for septum jewelry ranges like so: 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″ from smallest to largest. The diameter you choose to wear is all up to your taste in aesthetics and what your body will allow. 1/2″ diameter is a reasonable maximum for most people so as to not interfere with eating and minimize the risk of the jewelry swinging about and hitting your lips or teeth which could cause some damage if done so with enough force i.e. jumping or running.

Once your piercing is healed a popular jewelry option is a septum clicker. Many people find these are easier to put in than a bcr and they come in a massive variety of materials, colors, and designs.

The Process

Typically the piercer will clean and mark the area with a line going across the underside of the tip of the nose to ensure a straight piercing. Then clamps with open loop ends will be applied inside the nasal cavity to hold the area steady and improve the accuracy of the needle as it passes through the clamps and septum. After the needles is passed through the piercer will follow the needle out with the desired piece of jewelry and then clean the area again. It’s a very quick piercing which most people find is not terribly unpleasant. The feeling is similar to a pinching sensation which will commonly cause tearing or watering of the eyes. The feeling passes very quickly though.

Healing Time

This piercing takes about 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Soreness is very common during healing and as it heals you may find your new piercing has a particular smell to it. Don’t worry, this is very normal and will go away as you heal. Regular cleaning will help speed the healing process and minimize smell. Don’t worry, only you can smell it!


Faking it in Style: Clip-On Septum Jewelry

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It’s no big surprise that the most of the people you know have some kind of piercing. Ears are the big ones, with a whopping 83% of Americans having their lobes pierced. And not just the lobes, but tragus, cartilage, and daith rounding out some of the other areas where ears tend to attract holes. Some of the other popular piercing spots are the belly and nose, both of which require a little bit of commitment to maintain (not to mention the pain factor when it comes to actually getting the piercing). But what if you want to be on top of what’s trending without making a sometimes-irreversible hole? 

Fake it, friends. And do it flawlessly.

In this post, we’ll talk about the trend that has really run away like a freight train, and the non-pierced alternatives: septum clickers.

While the number of people with pierced ears is high, only about 19% have their nose pierced (the stats don’t differentiate between a nostril piercing and septum piercing; while the nostril piercing is currently more common than a septum piercing, by what percentage? That’s anyone’s guess). So what’s an otherwise cool individual supposed to do if he or she wants to rock the look and avoid any long-term consequences? The answer: clip it on. No pain, no needles, no messy break-up when it’s apparent the relationship just isn’t working.

Thanks to a new batch of non-pierced septum rings and hangers, it’s possibly the easiest thing in the universe to replicate the style of your modified chums. Using the imitation septum ring is as easy as stretching the piece as wide as necessary to insert, then pressing the ends gently together to create a comfortable fit. And with metals ranging from silvery stainless steel to warm rose gold IP – bejeweled or unadorned – stealing the look also has options for just about anyone. Added bonus: giving the not-as-open-minded relative a minor shock, which never, ever gets old.


Ever wonder why so many people cry during nose piercings?  Or exactly where a septum piercing is really supposed to go?  Then stay tuned, because we’ve got the cure for curiosity.

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Q: Why does everyone cry when they get their nostril or septum pierced?  Does it really hurt that much?

 crying during nose piercings

A: This might sound funny, but I promise it makes sense: those tears, aren’t really tears.  At least they aren’t in the traditional sense, because they weren’t brought on by an emotional response.  Part of the sinuses backs up right into the tear duct, so the connection between our noses and our eyes is not just mental, but anatomical.  The natural reaction of our nervous system to being pierced through the nose (especially the nasal septum) is to protect the sensitive areas inside the nose, sinuses, and eye sockets by sending a message to the tear duct to release fluids.  Our naturally occurring tears act as both a lubricant, and a means of cleaning foreign debris out of the eyes and sinus cavity, so the body will respond this way, even if the needle didn’t really hurt.

Q: Where is a septum piercing really supposed to go?

 piercing sweet spot

A: We all know that the septum is the cartilage that separates our nostrils, but a “septum piercing” isn’t actually meant to be pierced through that cartilage.  Ideally, the piercing is made through a very specific area often called “the sweet spot.”  This is the area of skin between the edge of the cartilage and the bottom of the nose.  If you place your thumb and forefinger at the opening of your nostrils and pinch the skin between, you should be able to feel where the cartilage ends and the fleshy bit separating the nostrils begins.  Right there, that’s the sweet spot.

Q: Are there any other piercings of the nose besides the nostril, bridge, and septum?

 piercings of the nose

A: Several actually.  Some of these include the High Nostril Piercing, Septril, Rhino, Austin Bar, and Nasallang (a piercing that goes through one nostril, the septum, and then out through the other nostril).

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Location:  Through the fistula (healed tunnel of flesh) of a stretched septum piercing, exiting on the outside of the nose, usually just below the tip.

 septril nose piercing

Alternate Names:  Septril, jungle piercing, septum tunnel piercing, nose tip piercing.

Piercing:  In order to have a septril pierced, there must already be an existing standard septum piercing that has been stretched, usually to at least 8mm or a standard 0 gauge.  As with other piercings, markings will generally be made to determine placement.  Then, a needle will be passed through the septum (usually from inside and exiting on the tip of the nose), and jewelry will be inserted and secured.

 stretching a septum piercing with BCRs

Aftercare: Depending on the state of the fistula prior to piercing, septril healing may be slightly extended.  As with other piercings, sea salt soaks and gentle cleanings with cue tips are often recommended.

Jewelry:  Although jewelry may vary (depending partially on individual anatomy), for the most part the septril is worn with either stud style jewelry with a flat back, or small curved barbells.  Those who choose to may also wear custom tunnels or eyelets in the stretched portion of the septum, some that have a hole or spacing.  Rarely, some persons may stretch the septril itself as well, using small acrylic or titanium plugs.

 large gauge body jewelry

Prevalence:  Because the septum must first be pierced and stretched to accommodate a septril piercing, they are certainly far less common than any other nose piercing.  Interestingly, even though females beat out males for general piercing prevalence about three to one, stretching seems to be far less disparate, and septril piercings are seen on both men and women.

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What do Tom Selleck, Hulk Hogan, Ron Burgandy, John Waters, Burt Reynolds, Charlie Chaplin, Ron Jeremy, Mario, Luigi, Salvador Dahli, Groucho Marx, the Pringles Can Man, hoards of hipsters, and your Dad have in common? Why they all have dapper mustaches! Now is as good a time as any to emulate your mustachioed heroes. These are the same mustaches that you drew on your worst enemy’s middle school year book photo and now they are all the rage.

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Everyone from brides to babies is donning mustaches these days! Mustaches have grown great lengths due to the DIY and crafting trend as well. Waxed whiskers are in more places than merely faces: they now adorn t-shirts, socks, underoos, purses, necklaces, body jewelry, paper weights, ornamental grills on cars, coffee mugs, and basically anything else you can ever imagine. Mustache tattoos have also become very popular, even with those in the corporate world because they are concealed between the fingers.

cute girl with mustache septum ring
Why are mustaches suddenly so popular? They offer an antidote to the depressing social scene in which we all live. Until now people in their 20s and 30s, the modified generation, thought of mustaches as a just a joke. They did not have them because their dads, porn stars, and unsavory historical figures did have them. Movies like “Anchor Man” made mustaches cool again. Now we see the mustache as an icon of a bygone era, that brings a cute, light hearted, vaudeville vibe to fashion. People enjoy their retro feel and can’t help but to smile at the absurdity of them.

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Septum piercing has recently been on a meteoric rise in popular Western culture, with the trend of smaller gauge septum piercings for women being fed largely through music culture and celebrity piercing publicity.  For native and tribal cultures all over the world however, piercing of the septum denotes much more than a proper fashion sense, and has been in practice for hundreds, or even thousands of years.  Stretching of the septum as well is prevalent and meaningful in these societies, and many ritualistic practices are still in existence today, like that of the Bundi tribe of Papua, New Guinea.

stamp depicting New Guinea tribesmanNew Guinea stamp depicting tribal septum decoration

It was the various tribes of New Guinea and their commonly worn nose tusk made out of bore bone that popularized the traditional view of septum piercing as a tribal practice.  Indeed if you’ve ever seen a photograph of a tribesman wearing feathers and shells with a bone through the septum, it is likely a native Indian from New Guinea.

Amongst the Bundi, the septum piercing is a social ritual for young men, representing their ascension into adulthood, and is usually performed around the late teens.  The piercing itself is done by a tribal elder with small pieces of bat bone and tuberous sweet potato, and afterwards it may be stretched to accommodate pieces of tusk or bone plugs up to an inch in diameter.  For many tribes indigenous to the same region of New Guinea, septum piercing may be done younger, along with ear piercing, nostril piercing, and stretching in various stages.  Often the painting of the face or body and letting of blood that naturally occurs from the piercing are thought to represent the boy’s separation from the world of women in general and particularly from his mother.

traditional New Guinea septum decorationtraditional Papuan septum decoration: bone tusks

Other New Guinea tribes that practice ritualistic piercing of the septum include the Kiman, the Kangi, and the Asmat.

The septum is the piece of cartilage that separates the nostrils, though it is often used as a blanket term to refer to the entirety of the space between them, including the skin and other tissues.  A septum piercing is actually not a piercing of this piece of cartilage, but of the tissue directly underneath it on the underside of the nose, sometimes called “the sweet spot.”

Septum Piercings

Due to their historical cultural significance in branding hunters, medicine men, and leaders across various native tribes, septum piercing in the Western world has largely been a commonality amongst men only until very recently.  The exception being in India, where things carried on much the opposite as only women would wear certain septum ring styles to signify their marital status.  Today, many women around the world have septum piercings, generally in the smaller gauges of 14 or 16 so as to appear feminine and not overpower the features.  For men, 14 gauge is usually the smallest size the septum will be pierced at, with 12 gauge being more common, and septum stretching gaining momentum since the 1990′s as well.

The piercing itself is done with a hollow piercing needle just like most other cartilage piercings, and takes anywhere from four to twelve weeks to heal.  Stretching of septum piercings is not recommended until the six month mark however, and a wait time of an additional six months between each gauge size is strongly encouraged as well.  Aftercare consists mainly of sea salt soaks and cue tip cleanings.

A variety of jewelry can be worn in the septum including straight tusks (usually made of organic material), circular barbells, ball captive rings, and pincers.  For those who need to hide their piercing for work, retainers are also available, primarily in the shape of either a staple, or a modified horseshoe.  The retainer is made to have its free ends easily pushed up inside the nostrils leaving no portion of the jewelry itself visible.  In this way, the septum is one of few piercings that is truly entirely disguiseable one minute and unmistakably visible the next.

Ball Captive Rings

Some other common names for septum piercing are bull ring, nathori (Indian), and nose cartilage wall piercing.

It’s the end of the calendar year again, and like usual all of us are taking a look in the mirror and thinking, I really wanted to do that last year, but I didn’t.  So of course we’ve made a vow that this year will be different, starting right here and now with something that we wanted all year but didn’t have the time, capital, or guts to get: a new piercing.

If you’ve been mulling it over, now is definitely the time to start fresh by changing your look with that piercing that you’ve been pining over, and to drive this 2012 fashion decision home, we’re here to help with a brief overview of some popular piercings and the data that you’ll need to make an informed decision.  Here we go.

If you’ve been thinking about a septum piercing: The septum piercing is on point, it’s versatile, and it looks good on most faces because it draws attention to the lips.

Septum Piercings

Tid Bit: A septum piercing may also boost your confidence for speaking in public, because most people you talk to will naturally focus on your mouth, causing them to subconsciously pay better attention to what you’re saying.

What you should know: This piercing is pretty straightforward.  Like most other nose piercings, it will hurt for a quick second, and cause your eyes to tear up as a reflex to your sinuses being pinched.  Initial healing time is usually about six to twelve weeks, and salt water cleanings are the most commonly recommended form of aftercare.

Pros: If you prefer to heal your piercing inconspicuously, most piercers can pierce the septum with a retainer that you can flip up inside the nostrils on each side; for the most part noone will even be able to tell that it’s there.

Hold off if: You’re allergic to dust.  The Winter months are prime time for dust allergies because all of our windows are closed and we’re spending most of our time inside, so if you’re allergic to dust but experience minimal warm weather pollen symptoms, hold off until after Spring cleaning.  While it isn’t a deal breaker, having to continually blow and rub your nose will be uncomfortable with a new septum piercing and may extend healing time.

Bioplast Horseshoe Septum Jewelry

If you’ve been thinking about a vertical labret: Vertical labrets are finally coming into their own; they’re aesthetically pleasing, interesting, and don’t carry the same issues as a lip piercing that rests inside the mouth.

Vertical Lip Piercings

Tid Bit: Piercings that pass through the tissue of the actual lip are rumored to have begun as an accident, when inexperienced piercers botched the needle angle of standard lip piercings.  But what an accident!

What you should know: Because a vertical labret doesn’t have one end inside the mouth, aftercare will be slightly less involved and there won’t be any risk to the gums.  However, do the nature of constant jostling from speech and the fragility of the lip tissue, there’s higher risk of scarring or rejection with this piercing, so extra care must be taken, particularly when eating certain foods.  Healing generally takes anywhere from eight weeks to a few months, and aftercare make consist of salt rinses, and less commonly cleanses with gentle soap.

Pros: Unlike most others in the oral piercing family, speech is effected very minimally by a vertical labret, so if you have a job that requires a lot of talking and interaction, this one might be for you.

Hold off if: You have exceptionally dry lips.  During Winter, dry lips can be a problem, and though salt soaks do help, for dryer lips it’s best to wait until the warm season when our bodies are naturally better hydrated.  One thing you can’t do with a piercing of the lip tissue: wear chapstick.

Bioplast Curved Barbell Vertical Labret Jewelry

Stay tuned for more informational overviews of popular piercings that you might just take the plunge for in 2012.  Bye for now!

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The Nasallang, a tri-nasal piercing, is a piercing of all three major points on the nose at the same time: the left nostril, right nostril, and septum.  This is performed as a single piercing through all three places with the same needle and uses a single piece of barbell jewelry, kind of like an industrial, but for your nose.  Because the needle (and afterwards the jewelry itself) will have to pass through the upper portion of the nasal septum, a nasallang will usually be done lower on the nose than standard nostril piercings; placement will vary slightly depending on the individual shaping and extension of nasal cartilage.

What Nasallang Piercing Looks Like

What Nasallang Piercing Actually Is

This piercing was first invented and named in the 1990′s by famous California piercer Cliff Cadaver.  Like most contemporary piercings, the nasallang was first seen on a celebrity, the person that Cliff performed it on, Bobby Brady.  However, unlike most others of its kind, Mr. Brady’s name has clearly nothing to do with what the piercing itself is called.

The nasallang is normally pierced all at once with a single needle, but has been known here and there to be performed as separate piercings and later connected.  This method however is not recommended by most piercers who are familiar with this type of piercing, as small amounts of migration can occur during healing which then cause separate piercings not to line up properly.  The piercing is cared for like most other nasal piercings, but due to its nature will generally take a little bit longer to heal than a standard nasal piercing.  It also bares mentioning that to be a true nasallang and not just another tri-nasal piercing, it must be worn with a straight industrial style barbell.  And perhaps one of the most interesting things about a nasallang piercing, is that most who see it won’t realize that it’s a single piece and will instead assume that there are just two separate nostril piercings.  In this way, it’s almost like having a cool secret that only those close to you know.

Industrial Style Barbells for Nasallang Piercing

If you haven’t heard of the nasallang piercing, it’s probably because the piercing itself is still on the upswing.  Although it sounds amazing and cool, this is still not a mainstream piercing, which, to be perfectly honest, is exactly what makes it one of the coolest piercings you may have never heard of.