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Why Septum Piercings Are Trending (And There's No Age Cap)

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Here's everything you need to know about the trend...

Rainbow hair is on the rise and 80s trends rule for yet another season, and they're not the only proof punk is back: septum piercings are gathering pace. On John Paul Gaultier 's Autumn Winter runway, models' throwback gelled kiss curls were matched with heavy metal nose adornments, and now the trend has gone mainstream.

No doubt the number of people going under the needle went up after A-list influencers including Rihanna, Chloe Moretz and Zoe Kravitz got pierced, but it's not just the younger style set embracing septum piercings.

Mum of one Scarlett Johansson debuted a pretty fine gold ring between her nostrils earlier this year, and Madonna has recently dabbled with the trend, too. The 56-year-old posted a septum selfie to Instagram, featuring a monogrammed nose ring. She follows in the footsteps of her teen daughter Lourdes who debuted her version at the MET Ball after-party in May.

Like mother, like daughter [Instagram/Madonna]

According to a study published earlier this year by the Northwestern University, the septum is now one of the five most common body parts for piercing in the UK. While pro piercer Clem from Topshop Beauty Hall's Metalmorphosis piercing studio tells me the age of customers requesting facial piercings is also on the rise: "the numbers of various ear piercings and facial piercings performed on customers in their 30s and 40s have risen over the last few years. Society now seems to be much more accepting when it comes to visible piercings."

As facial piercings go, a septum ring can actually be pretty subtle - a two pronged ring can be tucked up into the nose during office hours. But on the other hand if you want to ramp up the statement factor there's a plethora of pretty styles (including faux ones) to try - as FKA Twigs pays dues to. Arguably, the R&B singer kick-started the trend when she broke onto the scene with her song Water Me in 2013, in which she features with CGI-d Bambi eyes and an Indian ring between her nose.

Tempted? Having a facial piercing is nothing to rush into, so we quizzed Clem from Topshop Beauty Hall piercing studio Metalmorphosis studio on everything you need to know before commiting to a septum piercing, and how to care for it afterwards - because there's nothing chic about a sore, infected nose.

Does having your septum pierced hurt?

"Yes, it does. Every body piercing will cause a bit of discomfort when it's done. Thought most customers describe a septum piercing as quite an easy one to get."

Yes folks, your eyes will stream - so be sure to apply waterproof mascara

What should you consider before having a septum piercing?

You should consider whether your workplace allows facial piercings. Though a septum piercing can be easily hidden if you wear the right jewellery, which is partly what makes them so popular.

If you've had an operation on your nose you should speak to your GP and body piercer to find out if it might cause complications.

How should you care for your piercing after you have it done?

The piercing has to be cleaned at least twice a day with a saline solution or special piercing aftercare products for about six weeks.

Also remember, no matter how tempting it is: don't touch your piercing with your fingers.

How long does it take for a septum piercing to heal? And how soon can you change the jewellery?

A septum piercing takes about six weeks to heal and you shouldn't change the jewellery before then.

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