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Septum Piercing in Nairobi, Kenya

(Pain Threshold, Healing Time, Aftercare Tips, and Jewelry Guide)

A septum piercing involves inserting jewelry through the thin cartilage wall that divides your left and right nostrils. Usually, a sterile, single-use needle is used for this. Your piercer will first identify the “sweet spot” (where the actual piercing will occur). The cartilage will then be held in position by your piercer using either septal forceps, a receiving tube, or nothing at all (also called freehand). The jewelry is then threaded through the needle using a taper and fastened.

Septum Piercings

Septum piercings are known for being an edgy nose piercing choice, but they’ve recently gained a more mellow reputation. Getting a septum piercing is a terrific opportunity to express your aesthetic and flaunt some stylish jewelry.

It’s vital to choose a piercer with experience who can compliment your anatomy because septum piercings work with the curve of your nose, and everyone’s is different.

Everyone who has a septum piercing looks wonderful. It’s a piercing that offers many possibilities; you can wear it with a complete ring or switch to a circular barbell and conceal it if your job restricts piercings or you’re in a scenario where you’d like the piercing to be hidden. You have more freedom to express yourself because of this!

Considerations before getting a Septum Piercing

Getting a septum piercing is a significant decision, and there are several important considerations to keep in mind before going through with the procedure. Here are some key factors to think about:

Piercing Studio Selection

  • Research reputable piercing studios or professional piercers in your area. At Rebel Inks Tattoo Removal and Piercings Parlour we have a team of professional body piercing experts that can and have successfully done many Septum Piercings Contact Us Today for any inquiries.
  • Read reviews, ask for recommendations, and visit the studio in person to assess its cleanliness and professionalism.

Piercer Qualifications

  • Ensure that your piercer is experienced, licensed, and trained in septum piercings.
  • Ask about their qualifications and request to see their portfolio of previous work.

Placement and Style

  • Discuss the placement of the septum piercing with your piercer to ensure it’s in the desired location and suits your facial features.
  • Consider the style of jewelry you want, such as a circular barbell, captive bead ring, horseshoe, or septum clicker.

Pain Tolerance

  • Understand that pain perception varies from person to person. Most people describe septum piercings as moderately uncomfortable but relatively quick.

Healing Time and Aftercare

  • Septum piercings typically take 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal. During this time, proper aftercare is crucial.
  • Commit to cleaning the piercing regularly with saline solution and avoiding touching it with dirty hands.

Initial Jewelry

  • The initial jewelry may be slightly larger to accommodate for swelling during healing. You can downsize to a smaller piece once the piercing has healed.

Flip-Up Option

  • One advantage of a septum piercing is that you can flip the jewelry upward into your nostrils when needed, making it less visible.

Infections and Complications

  • Be aware of the potential risks, including infection, migration, or rejection. Know the signs of infection and seek medical attention if necessary.

Jewelry Maintenance

  • Regularly clean your septum jewelry to prevent buildup of bacteria and debris. Clean it gently with saline solution or warm water.

Lifestyle and Social Considerations

  • Consider how a septum piercing may impact your daily life, including work or school environments with dress code policies.
  • Think about your own comfort level with the visibility of the piercing in different settings.


  • If you have known allergies or sensitivities to certain metals or materials, discuss this with your piercer to select suitable jewelry.

Personal Style

  • Ensure that a septum piercing aligns with your personal style and aesthetic preferences.


  • Keep in mind that removing a septum piercing may result in some scarring or visible hole closure.

Septum piercings are a form of self-expression, and your comfort and preferences should be top priorities. Take your time to make an informed decision, consult with your piercer, and ask any questions or express concerns you may have before getting a septum piercing.

Septum Piercings FAQ’s

How painful is a septum piercing?

First things first: every piercing hurts. It’s just a sad fact that it will hurt when you pierce a hole in yourself. Fortunately, septum piercings are actually at the less painful end of the spectrum. Most individuals might be surprised to learn that septum piercings are among the least painful body piercings.

When the septum is pierced properly and by a skilled piercer, the piercing will be in a very delicate, thin area of skin that is thinner than an ear lobe and will miss any cartilage in the nose. This area is known as “the sweet spot” and is where the piercing should be. Normally, this is positioned near the front of the nostrils, however, the location varies based on the client! A single tear will typically fall; this is not a sign of discomfort but rather a typical reaction to any nostril piercing.

How long does it take for a septum piercing to recover?

We all understand that giving a piercing as much time to heal as possible is essential. However, eventually, we all become tired of the simple steel jewelry we got pierced with and want to switch to something a little more interesting. The usual time for a septum piercing to properly recover should be six months. However, everyone’s healing time frames for piercings differ.

You can switch out the jewelry after two to three months, but I always suggest consulting with your piercer to ensure that doing so is safe. Changing your jewelry too frequently can irritate the area and delay healing.

Be sure to keep in mind that climate can affect healing time, as well as how well you keep up with your aftercare, so healing time may vary. For safety, at Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya, we like to tell our clients to consider it a new piercing for as long as they can — as in, follow proper aftercare and be careful in general — to be sure that it’s safely and correctly healed.

What aftercare is needed for a septum piercing?

Aftercare is crucial with every piercing. While it may be tedious, keeping the piercing clean is more fun than having to remove it entirely. At Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya, for the majority of piercings, we recommend using sterile saline solution and sterile non-woven gauze, using to carefully clean away any buildup of crust or dirt. Until the piercing is completely healed, “clean the jewelry softly without rotating the ring, which is often once to twice each day.

Proper aftercare also includes being careful with your new piercing. Wearing anything that could snag on your septum ring should be avoided if you don’t want to pull at and irritate it. Additionally, refrain from playing with it or otherwise touching it because doing so can make it take longer to heal. At Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya, we also advise avoiding jewelry changes until your piercer gives the go-ahead.

After getting your septum pierced, what should you avoid doing?

A little consideration and care may go a long way with piercings. Likewise, refraining from swimming into the closest pool. For at least 24 hours, I’d advise against swimming and getting the piercing wet. After washing or taking a shower, make sure you dry your piercing thoroughly. You can use a paper towel or your hairdryer’s cool setting to solve the problem.

What Type of Jewelry Is Used for a Septum Piercing?

At Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya, we advise using either a horseshoe-shaped hoop or a circular hoop, commonly known as a CBR, to pierce the septum. The size or diameter of the hoop varies on each person’s unique anatomy, and the gauge is typically 16 or 14g.

A circular barbell is a metal bar with a fixed ball on one end that is put through a piercing and fastened with an adjustable ball on the other end. Circular barbells with an outward curvature are occasionally used in septum piercings to provide a better fit around the contours of your nose.

Ring: A single flexible metal piece that has been bent into the shape of a ring is another choice for septum jewelry. Stretching out this piece and making a space wide enough for it to slide off allows you to remove it. Some septum piercing wearers choose clicker rings, which include a thin bar that connects the ends of a circular ring and snaps into place.

What Jewelry Material Is Used for a Septum Piercing?

The beauty of a septum piercing is that you have a variety of stunning options. At Rebel Inks Tattoo Kenya we often emphasize the significance of having high-quality jewelry, such as solid 14k gold and implant-grade titanium.

It is very important that any jewelry is always implant grade. No exceptions! Stay away from any shop that uses nickel or cheaper quality. Cheaply made jewelry will most definitely lead to infection and could lead to other major issues.

Stainless steel: Due of its reputation as the most dependable and high-quality material, stainless steel is used to make the majority of septum jewelry. However, if you are allergic to nickel, avoid purchasing stainless steel jewelry.

Titanium: Implant-grade titanium, which is essentially identical to steel but without nickel, is a reliable metal choice for jewelry. This implies that you can have the same diversity of designs with a more lightweight metal without experiencing an allergic reaction.

Gold: Opt for gold if you’d want to avoid wearing silver jewelry! To protect your piercing, make sure the gold jewelry is at least 14 karats thick. Anything less could contain bacteria.

How to Replace a Septum Piercing

A septum piercing can be removed, but you should wait at least a year before switching out the jewelry. For the initial swap, you might want to go back and see your piercer. A septum piercing has the benefit of being concealable with the appropriate jewelry, typically a circular barbell, by simply flipping the jewelry over (i.e. flipping the piercing up). However, you should be aware that doing so can make it more difficult for you to breathe through your nose due to the size of the jewelry and the balls on the ends. A septum retainer gets around that issue, but it is less appealing when it is visible.

Remember that a septum piercing, like pretty much all piercings, will close if the jewelry is removed for an extended period of time, especially if the piercing is still healing. Once the healing process has been completed, you are free to take periodic breaks, but if you don’t want the hole to close up, it is preferable to leave jewelry in it.

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Sarah HadleySarah Hadley
04:05 15 Jun 24
I cannot say enough about Eric and the experience he gave me. First of all, he fit me in when I was running short on time and helped me to find his shop. I just wanted a meaningful word tattooed and promised it would be small and quick. When I didn't love the fonts we came across, he free-handed a stunning font. He made sure the placement was perfect and checked in with me and we decided to just leave it as the outline without filling it all in and even with the change of plans the line work was perfection. Eric also charged me half of what I was quoted several other places even after he drew the design himself on the spot. It was the best overall experience I've had in a tattoo shop. I cannot speak highly enough of Eric's care for clients, artistic skill, or fairness in operating his business.
kelvin mbushirekelvin mbushire
04:38 10 Jun 24
Trust the process
Jaeda BarnesJaeda Barnes
15:07 06 Jun 24
Eric is an exceptional piercer and also business owner. I am beyond pleased with his talent, his services, follow up care and customer service. He checked in with me each week to ensure my piercing was ok and I was clear on his instructions. I highly recommend Eric and this business. He goes above and beyond to make sure all is well. You won’t be dissapointed!
Simon StSimon St
06:33 06 Jun 24
Billy BettBilly Bett
20:41 04 Jun 24
I got a dollar sign tattooI liked the whole experience 💯💯... Planning to have lots of them... Starting with all the scheduling part and its a good pricing for quality tattoo🔥🔥✌️✌️
13:57 03 Jun 24
I recently got my nose pierced at this shop, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. Eric, the artist, was incredibly attentive and friendly, offering a thorough consultation before the piercing. He also follows up regularly via text to check on the healing progress and shares usefultips. Highly recommend 👍🏽
Natasha NjugunaNatasha Njuguna
18:59 02 Jun 24
katia sumailkatia sumail
20:28 30 May 24
Work well done 👌🏽 I recommend ✊🏾
Mark KMark K
09:11 30 May 24
Had an awesome experience. The place was super clean. Totally recommend them!
Kenna HopeKenna Hope
12:54 28 May 24
Mike OsoroMike Osoro
11:19 27 May 24
I have been going for laser tattoo removal sessions and I am in my last session now. Eric is very knowledgeable and precise when it came to answering my queries and also in the overall tattoo removal journey. I very highly recommend him. I stay outside Nairobi city and even scheduling my sessions has been very easy all thanks to Eric.
Julia BrodskyJulia Brodsky
09:07 27 May 24
Me and my 3 friends all got ear piercings. Two of us got the conch, one got the upper cartilage, the other got her second holes. He was very professional, clean, accurate, and caring. All 4 of our piercings have healed great and he has been so kind to reach out and care about the aftercare of our piercings. If I lived in Nairobi, I would get all my piercings here! 100% would recommend him to anyone. The titanium jewelry is great quality as well.
Teddy TeddymwasTeddy Teddymwas
04:41 27 May 24
I got a tattoo at rebel inks,and I'm impressed by their creativity and skills. The studio has a friendly atmosphere, and the quality of their work is top-notch and their passion for what they do shines through in every piece.
Maria AguinaMaria Aguina
19:01 24 May 24
Good clean place. Eric was very nice and professional. Explain the do’s and don’ts. Would definitely recommend!!!!
Wendy KarumeWendy Karume
17:46 24 May 24
The piercing was perfectly done with a smooth healing process.
Leon JonesLeon Jones
11:12 23 May 24
bianca chelangatbianca chelangat
14:24 21 May 24
Great experience if you are looking forward to getting your navel pierced: from hygiene, placement of the piercing, guidelines on treatment(cleaning), competence when in need of a check up and very hospitable and friendly place.100% recommendable.
Brian PeterBrian Peter
18:29 20 May 24
I got my first tattoo from Eric and clearly I am impressed by the level of expertise, cleanliness, professionalism and love for body art. I recommend 💯 if you are looking to get tattoos, piercings and tattoo removal too.
Program TestingProgram Testing
15:24 19 May 24
I loved the whole experience having that this was my very first tattoo. The whole process was so smooth and Eric helped me and walked me through the process of after care. I would Highly recommend him to anyone who wants to have their tattoo done
Kagio wambuiKagio wambui
13:03 19 May 24
mahmood Marcelomahmood Marcelo
12:07 19 May 24
Good customer service and deliverance, and so friendly.
Lucy MumbiLucy Mumbi
05:52 15 May 24
Had my septum pierced here.Went really smoothly and healing so well. Everything was explained to me about the process both before and after piercing and the aftercare. I thoroughly enjoyed the service I received . Will definitely get pierced here again
Precious MitchellPrecious Mitchell
14:56 14 May 24
Amazing experience. Super caring tattoo artist. The shop was very clean and hygienic. Eric was so kind and walked me through the entire tattoo process. Would highly recommend!!!!
samantha anzemosamantha anzemo
08:37 14 May 24
Removed two of my tattoos .Very professional,he checks up and ensures you’re doing well.I highly recommend coming to rebel ink.
13:59 12 May 24
The place is clean and nice they of quality service interms of quality and colour tattos and they offer tattoo removal services offer which is Good and is not available all over Kenya
Marco CattaneoMarco Cattaneo
08:11 10 May 24
Deneil ChristianDeneil Christian
06:32 04 May 24
My experience at Rebel Inks was exceptional. It was my first time getting a piercing, and I was understandably nervous. However, Eric, the piercer, was reassuring and professional. He explained the earlobe piercing process in detail and answered all of my questions before beginning.I was particularly impressed with Eric's attention to hygiene. He thoroughly cleaned the room before I entered, sanitized all of the equipment he would be using, and changed gloves between each ear. This level of cleanliness gave me great confidence in his professionalism.Eric's commitment to customer service did not end on the day of the piercing. He followed up with me regularly throughout the healing process to ensure that I was following the aftercare instructions and that my earlobes were healing properly.I highly recommend Rebel Inks to anyone in Nairobi who is considering getting a piercing. Eric is a highly skilled and experienced piercer who takes great pride in his work.
Josephine TumaleoJosephine Tumaleo
15:27 03 May 24
This is my first piecing and was recommended @Rebel Inks Tattoos by a previous client. The Nose Piercing was well done and I am a satisfied clientSo I Check all the boxes below and more:Customer Care: ✔️Professionalism : ✔️Cleanliness ✔️Price: ✔️After care service ✔️Thanks and good job, Eric
Melanie TilleMelanie Tille
08:16 01 May 24
I recently got inked by Eric, and I couldn't be happier! He did an incredible job, was super friendly and was so flexible with my small motives. The studio was clean, and the atmosphere was nice. I highly recommend the studio.
16:03 27 Apr 24
Great service!
Halima AbdiHalima Abdi
13:50 27 Apr 24
My family and i got lots of piercing and the experience was quite amazing .
Ms WambuiMs Wambui
12:50 27 Apr 24
Tatoo done by Erick. Professionalism on point. Plus really helpful after care service. Definitely recommend.
Alexy De CyrusAlexy De Cyrus
07:24 27 Apr 24
Elsie WacuElsie Wacu
20:38 24 Apr 24
I got my belly button piercing from Eric. I have had 2 piercings done before and I've never received service as good as his. He explained the piercing and after care processes in detail and was very patient with my many questions...I'm considering paying him school fees 😂. His hygiene standards are very high and he used a disposable sterilized needle. He followed up on my healing progress weekly...I felt like we were healing together 😅. I wish it was possible to give 10 stars. I'm definitely having my future piercings done with him and I'm recommending him to all my friends 😃
Kalu JayKalu Jay
07:34 22 Apr 24
Got my tattoo done by Rebel Inks several years back and for sure these guys are the best in town .my tattoo healed well and now it’s looking perfect
Professor PimpProfessor Pimp
18:20 20 Apr 24
Sherryl NzaliSherryl Nzali
06:41 18 Apr 24
Thoroughly impressed by their amazing services. It was an incredible experience. Happy with my results. I highly recommend Rebel Inks.
jake mungaijake mungai
06:07 18 Apr 24
Wonderful experience. great hospitality and most importantly, very hygienic service. I would definitely recommend.
kriti kumarikriti kumari
17:18 16 Apr 24
Got my upper ear piercing done and my experience was fabulous. I highly appreciate the professionalism shown by Eric. He made sure I was made aware of the process before he started the work. He also explained me the healing process and the complications which was actually great to know as most places do not care to talk about the work in so much detail.The place is neat and clean and the equipments he used were also fine standards. Really appreciate his following up with me on the healing 🤗
Wambui GichureWambui Gichure
10:59 15 Apr 24
Solid service! I got a septum piercing and i enjoyed the professionalism and the follow up services..#valueformoney#highlyrecommend#
Nyambura WanyekiNyambura Wanyeki
12:18 31 Mar 24
I first went through their website to engage more on their services. I was particularly interested in the nose ring service. The communication from the day I made an appointment was very professional as well as the services offered. Eric explained in great detail the step by step procedure and was very patient with our questions. He administered effective hygiene and even let my friend record a video of the procedure. The after care followup is also great as Eric keeps checking up on the healing process on a weekly basis as well as giving additional guidance on the after care.I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEIR SERVICES to everyone. Actually what you see on their website is EXACTLY what you will get. Keep up the good work Rebel inks Tattoos.
liz Omaribaliz Omariba
05:50 30 Mar 24
Got my first tattoo from him....and he's been very involving in my recovery journey. I'd recommend him any day. Thank you so much Eric.
Sylvia KiamaSylvia Kiama
03:01 30 Mar 24
He was quick and professional the piercing looked good and was easy to book with
Risper JamesRisper James
16:39 28 Mar 24
Got my tattoo done here 5 years ago. Healed well, looking perfect. Definitely has withstood the test of time. Eric ❤️, you are a Gem 💎.
Poly JoePoly Joe
15:42 28 Mar 24
I have been looking for the perfect place to get my tattoo removed. After inquiring and also being referred to Eric. I started my removal process last year and now my tattoo is almost fully gone. I would like to thank Eric and the whole Rebel Inks Empire Team for their diligence and consistency in ensuring my needs were met. Definitely the best in laser removal services in Nairobi, Kenya.💯
Maximilian LehnMaximilian Lehn
14:27 26 Mar 24
I went to Eric for the first time to get help with an earring infection I couldn’t get rid of for months. I quickly got an appointment. He took time to listen to my concerns and previous treatments. He then recommended we try a different approach, changing the piercing and treating it as it was fresh. He gave great advise on how to clean and which care products to use. Throughout the whole session he was very friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. The weeks after he was checking in on how the piercing was doing.The infection is now gone. I would definitely recommend!
Chris BChris B
16:54 29 Feb 24
I got my ears pierced and the whole procedure was more than great. The space was very clean and time was taken to chose the right spot. He took his time to clean up after and we had a nice talk, too with many helpful information on cleaning and sanitizing the new Piercings. Even after we were done there was a weekly follow up on our healing process.Can recommend this place totally and would go back there anytime!Thanks!
Victory WairimuVictory Wairimu
11:56 25 Feb 24
I was so pleased with the service I got. I received a septum piercing from Eric and based on my experience with him, I wouldn't trust anyone else with any other piercings that I might get. He's very sanitary and walks you through the entire process making you feel comfortable and at ease. He also follows up on his clients concerning after care and is very easy to talk to. I would definitely refer anyone looking for to get a piercing, tattoo or tattoo removal here!


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