Nose rings are an incredibly popular piercing, but there are some jobs where nostril jewelry just isn't accepted. Maybe you work at a fancy restaurant? Maybe your boss just isn't a fan of body mods. Either way, there are ways to "push the boundaries" when it comes to your nose jewelry without having to give up on your piercing.
The same is true for septum piercings. Although they are much more of an accepted look now, there were times where this "extreme" piercing could cost you a job opportunity. You don't have to give up on your septum ring either if you follow the tips below.
Here are four ways to hide your nose ring (or at least give your face a subtler look).
Disclaimer: Don't lose your job on our behalf! Body Candy is only here to give fun and helpful tips to hopefully reach a compromise with your boss. Make sure your nose piercing is completely healed before trying any of these methods as well!
Invest in a Piercing Retainer
This is probably the easiest way to maintain your nostril piercing's integrity while also achieving a non-pierced look. A retainer is a clear or flesh-colored piece of jewelry that fits into your nose piercing instead of a typical ring or stud. These act as a camouflage of sorts and will blend in to your skin tone much more effectively than any sort of jewelry.
The nice thing about piercing retainers is that they are extremely comfortable. Bioplast is a medical grade plastic - meaning it is inert to the human body. This biocompatible design means you can swap into jewelry made of this material and feel comfortable all night long.
Nose retainers aren't just studs - they also come in horseshoes, l-shaped nose rings, and even belly rings! (But that's a discussion for a different blog post.)
Even though this is probably your closest option to invisible, piercing retainers can still be perceived by the human eye. If you are wondering how your employer may react, have a conversation with them where you wear the retainer and ask them if it is an acceptable look.
If your nose ring is a septum ring, we've got good news! This is probably the easiest way to continue to keep your nose jewelry with no dress-code infractions. Unlike a nose ring, a septum piercing can be easily hidden by flipping the jewelry in your nose.
Obviously, this method only works with a horseshoe-style septum ring, but horseshoes can be easily hidden by wearing them upside-down in your nose.
Gently take the horseshoe and swirl it inside the piercing until the ball ends are completely inside your nostrils. Only do this if your septum ring is completely healed - twisting or spinning your jewelry while your piercing is still healing can prolong healing time and/or cause injury
You don't have to adorn your nose with a nose hoop or a big, flashy gem. Nose piercings are some of the daintiest piercings. Jewelry options are incredibly varied for this fashionable piercing, so finding a tiny, sparkly gem in a unique color may be a good compromise.
A tiny gem allows for just a little bit of subtle sparkle - which some employers may find more acceptable compared to something more distinguished. If this isn't quite what you're looking for, a nose ring with a small ball end might be your best bet.
There's no reason not to wear something tiny in style! 14k gold nose ring jewelry is AMAZING for this sort of subtle, distinguished look.
While these methods can certainly help you stay both pierced and employed, it's important to know that they should only be used on piercings that have healed completely. Moving, changing, or otherwise putting any sort of stress on a piercing that is healing can lead to damage, piercing bumps, or worse complications.
Before you go out and get pierced, plan for a period of time where you won't have to disturb your piercing. Septum piercings typically take three (3) to six (6) months to heal completely. Nose rings typically take six (6) to nine (9) months to heal completely. It's best to get these procedures done when you know you'll have adequate time to heal up with no fuss from your boss!