Nose rings come in second in popularity among young people, following the traditional ear piercing. Between the sexes, women seem to have pierced noses more often than men, particularly with nostril piercings. A certain edginess and mature quality is often perceived in someone with a nostril piercing.
A Little History
Nose piercings are commonplace in the cultures of the Middle East and some parts of India. A nose ring was given to a woman on her wedding day by her husband, making it the equivalent of the modern-day wedding ring. A woman only had to turn her head to a man so he could see that her hand was already taken. This kind of body art hit the 20th century in the 1960s, when Middle Eastern and Indian culture was all the rage.
Screws and Bones
If you decide to get your nostril pierced with a stud, you can choose from two styles. A "screw" starts out as a straight stud but hooks and curves so that no matter how hard you tug, you will not be able to pull it out. This stud is inserted and removed by carefully rotating the hook through the cartilage. A "bone" is a stud with a larger round part at the end that is pushed through the cartilage to the inside of the nostril so that it stays securely in place.
When you first get your nose pierced, a bone should really be avoided. It takes a long time for the nose to heal--one to two months on the average--because the piercing is in cartilage tissue. If you wear a bone too soon, your nose will heal around the ball on the inside of your nostril, making it extremely difficult to remove and slowing or reversing the healing process by tearing the scar tissue. A nose screw is the best thing to have in the beginning, made of surgical-grade steel or 14k gold or better.
After the healing process is complete, people will decide which kind of stud they prefer to wear. Some people find the screw uncomfortable on the sensitive tissue on the inside of their noses, while some people find that the bone is too hard to put in and remove. There is no right or wrong choice between the two, but most people will agree that the screw is less damaging to the tissue.
Basic Piercing Care
Right after you get your piercing, you will need to keep it clean so it does not get infected. Clean it at least once daily with water--never use hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Try to train yourself to sleep on your back or on the opposite side as your piercing so you do not irritate it. Wait at least a month before you change the piercing.