Under 18? How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Get a Nose Piercing

Steps to Prepare You for Asking Your Parents to Allow You to Get Your Nose Pierced

Whether you’ve seen your favorite celebrity with one, such a Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, or Demi Lovato, or you’ve noticed how trendy nose piercings have become, you may get the urge to pierce your own before you’re 18. However, reputable piercing shops will not pierce your nose without a parent’s consent. So, the question becomes: how do I convince my parents to allow me to get a nose piercing? Read through this step-by-step guide and hopefully you’ll walk away with a brand new facial accessory.

Step One: Do Your Research

There’s a big chance that your parents will be worried about the healing process, whether there are any risks involved with a nose ring, and more. It’s important that you’ll be able to comfort them by showcasing that you know all about the healing process, including important piercing aftercare steps. Many reputable piercing shops will have aftercare instructions listed on their website. You can even call a piercing shop you’re thinking of going to and ask them for aftercare instructions beforehand.

Nose Hoop Ring

Another thing to do is compile examples of people who have the profession or job you wish to have and show your parents that having a nose piercing will not prevent you from getting a job or having a career.

The goal is to show how responsible you are and how you’re making a decision after doing the proper research and not just on a whim.

Step Two: Find a Reputable Piercing Shop

This step goes hand-in-hand with step one. Your parents may be worried about possible diseases and bloodborne pathogens that you could get if you don’t go to a reputable shop. One of the ways you can tell a good, reputable piercing shop from one that’s not so great is by their certifications. Make sure that the piercer is up-to-date on their bloodborne pathogen certification. Additionally, you can find a piercer who is a member of the Association for Professional Piercers (APP). As a member of APP, the piercer will be up-to-date on the latest information about body piercing, including health and safety measures and body piercing standards. You can find an APP member near you by going to safepiercing.org and using their search feature.

Piercing Shop

Step Three: Ask Your Friends About Their Experiences

If one of your friends has a nose ring, it’s a great idea to ask them about their experience and even how they were able to convince their parents to give them permission. It’s important that you ask about pain level or even where they went to get the piercing. Remember, you don’t want to mention a friend your parents don’t approve of because they consider your friend a bad influence. Instead, we recommend choosing a friend that your parents consider is a good influence on you, such as one you study with or one who is at the top of the class.

Step Four: Consider Why Getting the Piercing Is Important to You

It’s important to back up your desire for wanting to get a nose piercing with the reasons why you want one. These can be anything from thinking the jewelry is pretty to the fact that having the piercing will make you feel good or appreciate your body more. Do not keep anything that will be off-putting to your parents on the list you will present to them.

Girl Nose Piercing

Step Five: Provide Your Parents with Plenty of Information

Your parents care about your wellbeing. Therefore, it’s important to gather up the information you received during your research and compile it into an easy to understand presentation. This can include pamphlets about the piercing and aftercare from a piercing shop or even statistics you found about the risk of infection. This not only shows them that you want the piercing, but it shows them that you’re responsible and you’ve taken the time to do the research about it beforehand.

Step Six: Save Up the Money to Pay for the Piercing Yourself

One of the best ways to show your parents you’re responsible enough to get the piercing is to save up enough money to pay for it yourself. This will help show them that getting a nose ring is important to you and that you’ve done your research to learn how much the piercing will be as well as the cost of the jewelry. You can even go to a piercing shop with your parents to show them the jewelry you want or let them pick out one they approve and then begin to save up for it. If your parents are uncomfortable going to a piercing shop with you, opt for browsing nose piercing jewelry options on our website. We have a ton of styles available with different gems, fun shapes, and plenty of colors.

Ways to quickly save up enough money include, getting a job or offering to do more chores or take on more responsibilities around the house.

Step Seven: Invite Your Parents to Come with You When You Get Pierced

A parent or legal guardian must accompany you when you get your piercing in order to provide the necessary documents and sign the consent forms. However, they do not have to go stand by your side while you get pierced. One thing you can do is invite them to stand by your side or even get a piercing with you. This can turn the event into a nice bonding moment.

Remember that it’s important you stay calm and collected when you present your argument to your parents. Be prepared to answer any questions they may have and address any concerns they bring up.

Written by Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel is a poet and Content Account Manager. She has been getting pierced for over 16 years, while taking the time to learn proper aftercare techniques from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) members. Always enamored by the jewelry options that exist for body modifications, she one day hopes to assist clientele with picking out jewelry and styling ears.