Do I need a left or a right bend for my nose piercing?

The information about left and right bends in this blog post is specific to the products in my shop! If you are purchasing nose jewelry from somewhere else I would highly recommend looking at their fit guide 🙂

I have set up each product listing so that the drop-down menu selections match the example picture showing the different types of nose stud bends. So, for example, when you are looking directly at the charm, a right screw/L-bend will bend to the right, and a left screw/L-bend will bend to the left. This may be different from the way that you’re used to ordering your nose jewelry!

Which bend should I buy for my nose piercing?

Technically, either bend can be worn on either side of the nose. If you're used to wearing nostril screws that bend a specific direction, then you may find that it feels awkward or difficult to insert the opposite bend direction the first few times you try. 

Right nostril piercings: a left bend will curve toward the back of the nose, and a right bend will curve toward the tip of your nose. 

Left nostril piercings: a right bend will curve toward the back of the nose, and a left bend will curve toward the tip of your nose. 

If you're comfortable going to a piercing shop, you may find that a fishtail (straight 18mm post, no bend) gives you more flexibility. You can pay to have a piercer custom bend the stud to fit your nose perfectly in either a screw or an L-bend. I highly recommend this route for jewelry that you plan to keep for a long time and wear often.

Next to the fishtail, the second most easily customized option is an L-bend, because the direction of the bend can be altered if you made a mistake ordering, and the tail shortened without marring the metal irreversibly. So, if you aren't sure what type of bend you want, but you definitely don't want a fishtail, this is the one that I would recommend choosing!