Nape Piercing Aftercare Guide for Dummies

Nape Piercing Aftercare

One of the sturdiest and most permanent surface piercings you can get is the nape piercing. A surface piercing placed at the nape of the neck (bottom of the back of your neck).

Hence the name!

This piercing is unique and also has a stylish look to it.

Although the nape piercing is a surface piercing which means that it carries a higher rejection rate.

Luckily you can prevent anything of the sort from happening by taking certain precautions.

Such as taking proper care of your piercing whilst it heals. An unclean piercing is an angry piercing!

To help you out, here is a nape piercing aftercare guide to follow.

Cleansing Your Nape Piercing

Cleansing your new nape piercing is essential in getting it to heal without any issues.

Make sure you cleanse your piercing two or three times a day. Using either:

Piercing Aftercare Solution

EasyPiercing Care Kit

There are an insane amount of piercing aftercare products on the market.

Most will do a decent job of keeping your piercings clean. My top recommendations would be any EasyPiercing or H2Ocean product.

All you need to do is make sure you thoroughly soak your piercing in the solution. No matter which product it is you’re using. Use a cotton pad rather than a cotton ball. The fibres on cotton balls can get caught in your jewelry.

Saline Solution

If you can’t get your hands on a piercing aftercare product, your next option will be saline solution.

You can easily make this yourself. All you need to do is stir a quarter of teaspoon of rock salt into a glass of warm water.

Table salt is not as potent as rock salt or sea salt. I would not recommend using it. If you have no other option though, you will need at last a teaspoon full of table salt. Otherwise it won’t do a good job of sterilising you piercing at all!

Then soak your piercing in the simple salty solution using a cotton pad.

It can’t get much easier!

More Nape Piercing Care Tips

Nape piercing aftercareBesides cleansing your piercing twice or three times daily, there are some other actions you can take to heal up better. There are also certain things you should avoid.

Such as:

  • Wear loose clothing around your neck area. You do not want anything getting caught on your jewelry!
  • Avoid swimming in public pools. Bacteria and chlorine don’t mix well with fresh piercings.
  • Do not fiddle with your jewelry.
  • Never touch piercing with unclean hands. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap first.
  • If your hair is long, wear it in a bun. Use clips on stray hairs too. Stray hairs cause serious problems.
  • Avoid sleeping on your back.
  • Bathe or shower using mild soap.
  • Avoid wearing scarves or necklaces.


Nape Piercing AftercareEvery time you get a piercing there is a risk of infection. The nape piercing is a surface piercing so it also carries the risk of rejection and migration.

It’s best to prevent problems from arising to start with. You can do this by caring for your piercing properly. Although you should always keep a close eye on your piercing while it heals. No matter how well you are looking after it.

If you do happen to get an infection, it is best to catch it early. That way it won’t spread and end up too serious!

Look for the following symptoms of infection:

  • Redness or swelling.
  • Severe pain or soreness.
  • Ongoing bleeding which lasts more than a few days.
  • Unusual coloured or foul smelling discharge.

You should also keep an eye out for signs of migration/rejection:

  • Piercing appears to have moved.
  • Jewelry sits differently in your skin.
  • Jewelry it sticking out further than it used to.
  • Skin looks increasingly thin.

Wear the Right Jewelry, Prevent Rejection!

When preventing rejection in surface piercings, one of the main things to consider is your jewelry. Wearing incorrect jewelry only increases the chance of rejection.

Make sure you get the following right:

Gauge size: Piercings of a larger gauge size are less likely to reject. So when you get your piercing done, ask your piercing to go for at least a 14G needle and jewelry.

Surface barbell type: There are a few different types of barbell worn in surface piercings. You need to go for a flat surface bar with 90 degree legs at both ends.

Material: Titanium is the best material for any piercing. Unlike stainless steel, it does not contain nickel. Your  chance of getting a reaction from titanium is very low. Even if you have sensitive skin!

So There You Have it!

Sounds simple, right? It is!

It will be well worth sticking to a strict aftercare routine. You will end up regretting it if you don’t. Believe me!

With sufficient aftercare, your nape piercing should heal up in 3 months up to a year. Healing times vary drastically from person to person.

When you are all healed up are left with a unique and sassy piercing to show off and enjoy!

Would you get a nape piercing? Yes or no? Let me know your answer and why by leaving a comment below.

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16 Comments on Nape Piercing Aftercare Guide for Dummies

  1. I like your article. Although I have no desire for a nape piercing, I did find it interesting and informative. I do have 3 granddaughters that may just want a nape piercing sometime down the road and now I am better able to help them know how to take care of it afterwards.

    • Hi Gloria. It’s great that you will know a bit about the nape piercing if any of your granddaughters do get one. This could end iup coming in handy.

      You know where to find me if you ever have any questions!


  2. I’ve thought about getting a nape piercing, or some kind of surface piercing for over a year now.

    A big concern I have, however, is not so much the healing, but the thought of snagging it on something, like clothing. Although I know the type of barbell you choose plays a big part of that, the thought of it getting caught freaks me out.

    I had a Monroe piercing for years and never had a problem until one night I was tossing and turning and it somehow got caught on the edge of my pillow case. I didn’t realize it until I went to turn over. It didn’t do much, but it definitely woke me up from a dead sleep. I worry about that happening and ripping with a surface piercing. Am I being irrational?

    • Hey Brandy.

      I can understand why this is a concern of yours. You are over thinking it a bit though.

      As long as you wear well fitted jewelry this won’t be a problem. Also avoid wearing clothes and scarves which have a lot of fibres to get caught on. Even if it does get caught once, this won’t do much damage. Just make sure it doesn’t happen too often as it will start getting sore.

      Don’t let this put you off getting the piercing!


  3. Hi Hanna,
    Great website,love all the colours.
    I like the fact your also giving the information on keeping the piercing healthy.
    One of the girls I work with has one.
    So i will let her know about your site.
    I have three piercings in one ear but not worn them for a long time…..back in my youth :).
    Anyways you have an awesome site and wish you all the best.
    Cheers David.

  4. I’ve heard from friends regarding the importance of keeping their piercings clean. Also from a few friends who neglected that and did get infection.

    Thankful – it is great to see you touch on these points here. Very important! Health and wellness is an important concern to keep high on the priority list.


  5. Some great advice here on piercings. I must admit this is the first time I have seen a piercing of this sort on the back of the neck and it looks very attractive.

    People would do well to take this advice offered in this article as it would be a real pity if your body did reject the piercing, especially after all the trouble you go through tho have the tattoos.

    • Hey Michel.

      That’s what I love about nape piercings – they are unique, you hardly ever see one. I know a couple of people who got this done but not many at all.

      Thanks for reading.


  6. Did not know piercings as such existed before!

    Nonetheless, I loved the content on your website and you used a great theme to match the content so great job there.

    I also liked how you explained all the precautions and treatments that come with piercings in such great depth and detail. I have a few friends who want to get piercings so i’ll be sure to share this page with them.

    Overall fantastic website, well done!

    • Hey Usman! Glad you like the theme on my site and enjoyed the content.

      Thanks very much for your input.


  7. Thank you for this awesome and way informative article post Hanna! Nape piercing can be really feel scary especially when its your first time doing it.

    Taking care of a nape piercing can really be a challenge and almost impossible thing to do. I definitely recommend this article to anybody who is having a touch time figuring out how to take care of a piercing wound, Thanks Hanna!

  8. I’d never heard of “nape piercing” – but I don’t know a lot about piercing culture. I find your post very responsible in explaining how to care for a piercing and for the longer-term aftercare.

    • Thanks very much Julie. It’s important that people know what they’re getting into before getting a new piercing! Aftercare being top priority. As well as finding a reputable piercer.

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