A lovely nose.
For as long as I could remember I had always liked the look of nose piercings. I loved the way the little gems sparkled on the noses of the indian girls in my class, and I always thought they looked so beautiful.
When I turned 17 and the desire for a hole in my nose had grown almost unbearable, I took the plunge and booked an appointment to have my nose pierced at a local spa. Several of my friends had gone there and so I thought it must be a reputable enough location. When my parents found out they were mortified....but never tried to stop me seeing as I am old enough to make my own choices. All my mum could say though was "I do not respect your decision." Oh well.....she'll get over it.
When I mentioned to a friend I was going to "Seabreeze" to get my nose pierced, her mouth gaped open and she responded "No way you aren't."
I didn't really understand her reaction until she told me that mostly everyone she knows who's been pierced there has ended up with a very irritated piercing that needed to be taken out. She instead referred me to a shop in downtown Vancouver called Next!. I searched it online and found them to be a very professional sounding shop, which showed you step for step on their website the sterilization process that the tools go through. They also included full pages of piercing aftercare, possible problems, and what you could do to fix it.
I decided that Tuesday would be the day I would be pierced, as I had waited long enough and was really feeling the piercing bug. I dragged my younger sister along on the skytrain on a very rainy Vancouver day stopping at a Starbucks to get a sugar fix before my piercing. We eventually made it to Next! just in time for the sky to unleash a fury of rain.
My immediate impression after walking in was that the place was pretty quirky and a little gothic, but all in all the environment was quite nice. The girl at the counter seemed a little standoffish, but was otherwise not rude to me as I asked to see the nose studs they pierced with. My sister and I laughed at the little replicas showing VCH piercings, and prince albert's, and then the girl told me to sit down and I would be helped in a moment.
I paid up my 52$ and was sat in the lobby awaiting my name to be called. They called about 5 of us in to the room at once, and our piercist Judy proceeded to give us a 20 minute rundown on piercing aftercare. I found their information extremely helpful, and Judy was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
It was eventually my turn to be pierced, and I went to sit on the chair they used for piercing. The room was incredibly sterile, and Judy changed her gloves several times throughout the process. She put a little dot on my nose and asked if the placement was right. I replied with "Sure! You're the piercist, I have no clue what I'm talking about."
Judy then dipped a q-tip in some kind of disinfectant and proceeded to thoroughly clean the inside of my nose...making me feel silly and a little awkward. She exclaimed to the piercing apprentice that "Vancouver has the cleanest noses in Canada!" This made me laugh and immediately put me at ease in her hands.
Judy then took out the recieving tube and stuck it in my nose, trying to feel for the right placement. She explained that some people have very thick nostrils and you just have to guess where to put the tube. She assured me though that my nostrils were fine, and she knew exactly what she was doing. She told me to breathe in and out three times, she pierced on the third exhale, and I barely felt a needle go through. She was very fast and efficient, swabbing the snot rolling down my face, and handing me a tissue for my watery eye.
The entire experience was very pleasant, and Judy was a really awesome chick. I was given a piercing that I love (and surprisingly my parents don't hate.) I'm so glad I finally did this, and I look forward to my next piercing, which I think will be my tragus.;) I have had my nostril piercing for about a week and have had no problems thus far. I have taken their advice and have been soaking it with sea salt and water, but have otherwise been LEAVING IT THE HELL ALONE.
I would definitely recommend Next! to anyone in the Vancouver area, as their staff is very friendly, helpful, and work hard to give you a piercing you love.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 11 Sept. 2008
in Nose Piercing