Types of Nose Piercings

Different types of Nose Piercings: Nose Piercing Types

The types of nose piercings chart seen here indicates the different nose ring sizes or nose ring gauges commonly found. A 20 gauge nose ring is one of the most slender of sizes. An 18 gauge nose ring is slightly thicker through the barbell or the stem portion of the nose ring. Some specific nose piercing types have a larger barbell width or gauge, such as a 16 gauge horseshoe nose ring. So, what’s in a gauge? When you get your nose pierced, make sure to discuss with your professional piercer which gauge and nose ring types you should wear during the initial healing process and which gauge as well as different types of nose piercings is best after healing. This is typically true for any kind of body piercing or body modification.

Nose Piercing Types Chart

If you look at the types of nose piercings chart, you’ll see that different piercing locations often correspond with different types of nose piercing jewelry.

Types of Nose Piercings

Often, the location or types of nose piercing determines what style of nose ring jewelry types to wear. For example, one of the most popular types of nose piercing jewelry is the nostril piercing on either the left or the right nostril. Traditionally, the nostril piercing has been referred to as the “ala” nose piercing. Many cultures in many different countries have had ala or nostril piercings as part of their symbolic cultural expressions. For example, it is part of the Indian Ayurvedic medicine tradition to pierce a woman’s left nostril to enhance her childbirthing abilities. In Ayurvedic medicine, the left nostril is associated with the female reproductive system.

Other different types of nose piercings, like the septum piercing you see on the nose ring size chart, is another common nose piercing for both women and men. Some people think of it as the bull nose piercing. These types of nose piercings do not go through any bone or even the cartilage wall dividing the right and left septum. Instead, a professional piercer uses the “sweet spot”, as it is commonly called, below the cartilaginous wall dividing the right and left septum. Really, it is just the skin of the septum that is being pierced. Different rings like horseshoes and captive rings can be used as septum jewelry.

The bridge piercing, as seen on the types of nose piercing jewelry chart, is one of the most difficult nose piercing types to successfully achieve. Once again, the bone and cartilage is not pierced. This is actually a surface piercing which makes it susceptible to migration. Migration is when the body rejects the piercing, pushing it to the surface. Basically, the body heals the piercing away.

The nasallang piercing, sometimes called the 3 in 1 industrial of the nose, is a difficult nose piercing that you should only have an experienced professional piercer perform. It is 3 piercings in one. The right and left nostril are pierced as well as the septum allowing for a straight long nose ring like a straight barbell or industrial barbell to be inserted through all 3 piercings at one time.

The vertical nose tip piercing, often though to be one of the most painful types of nose piercing, starts in the cartilage in between the nostrils and travels upwards, coming out at the tip of the nose. This nose piercing type is also referred to as the “Rhino”, due to the protrusion that the nose jewelry creates at the tip of your nose. The resemblance to a rhinoceros is especially evident when a spiked barbell is worn. The Rhino is one of the most unusual and different types of nose piercings, did not even become popular in America until about 10 years ago. These types of nose piercings were seen on members of Africa and South American tribes, but have now made their way to us and have become part of the modern piercing repertoire. A 14 gauge or 16g curved barbell is typically worn in a vertical nose tip piercing.

Looking for other types of nose piercings? Try a high nostril piercing for something different. It is  higher up than the traditional ala or nostril piercing. It is trickier to pierce as a result.

Types of Nose Piercings: Nose Ring Types

The nose ring types chart shows you how different styles of nose rings work best in specific nose piercings or specific locations on the nose. You wouldn’t guess it due to the typical nose screw that comes to mind when envisioning a nose ring, but there are many nose piercing jewelry types. For example, one of the more common nose rings is the captive bead ring or hoop nose rings. You’ll see a captive bead ring worn ala or as a septum piercing. A lot of captive bead rings or nose hoops are 16 gauge, so make sure they are going to fit into your nose piercing.

If you look on the nose piercings types chart, you’ll see the nose bone, sometimes thought of as the nose stud, has a rounded bulb at the end to hold the nose ring in place. Bone nose rings are used in nostril piercings. They have a short stem or barbell with a bead on the end. The skin tightens around the nose bone holding it in place. Nose bones and nose studs can come in 20 gauge or 18 gauge.

As you can see from the nose ring types, the nostril screw has a straight stem that turns at an angle to form a curve in which to hold the nose screw in place. If you want a secure nose ring that is not going to easily fall out, the nose screw is a good choice. It is not as easy to insert as a nose bone or nose stud, but the advantage of having a nose ring not shift around is a huge plus. A nose ring similar to the nose screw is the L-shaped nose pin. Just like the name suggests it is a nose ring with a stem shaped like an uppercase L. Once again, the L-shaped nose pin holds the nose ring in place. The nostril screw and L-shaped nose pin are for nostril or ala nose piercings. The nose screws are typically 20 gauge or 18 gauge.

The horseshoe or circular barbell has beads or balls on either end. It is worn as an ala or as a septum nose piercing as you can see on the chart showing different types of nose piercings. The gauge of the horseshoe can vary greatly. It can be 16 gauge or smaller or bigger. Many people gradually increase the size of their septum piercings, which is one of the locations a horseshoe is commonly worn, therefore, increasing the size or width of the gauge size of the nose ring needed. The horseshoe is also worn as an ala nose ring and sometimes as a bridge nose ring although it is more likely that a curved barbell is used in the bridge piecing or a straight barbell.

Due to the migration problems often associated with bridge piercings, a PTFE, bioflex nose ring or a bioplast bridge nose ring is often recommended. Curved barbells or surface bars are often worn in these piercings with varying gauge sizes.

The nasallang nose piercing out of necessity has to be a straight barbell of some kind that can pass through all 3 piercing locations, as you can see on the the nose ring types chart. Talk to your professional piercer to determine which kind of body jewelry would work best.

The high nostril ala piercing is typically a small slender 20 gauge stem or a small labret stud. Like other nose cartilage piercings, these types of nose piercings are done with a needle and receiving tube, but require extra special attention during the aftercare as to not become infected and to reduce swelling on the inside of the nose as much as possible. Seat salt spray is commonly recommended by professional piercers as a way to keep the inside of the nose sanitary.

Which nose rings and nose piercings are your favorite and why? Tell us the pros and cons you find between nose screws, nose bones, and captive bead rings? We want to hear back from you and as always, check out BellyBling.net to find the right nose ring to fit your style and keep this page bookmarked so you can reference this handy types of nose piercings chart to see the different types of nose piercings.

One comment

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Hey came to know about the various types of nose piercing, i was looking for it and found in your blog now it will help me in choosing a nose pin that suits me!!!!