How do I Change Hoop Earrings?

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Hoop earrings make a dramatic, elegant fashion statement.
Hoop earrings make a dramatic, elegant fashion statement. (Image: Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Most hoop earrings have one of two kinds of closures. The first is a standard butterfly earring back like that found on stud earrings. Hoops that close with earring backs are open on one end. The second type of closure is a piece of wire that goes through the ear and slides into the hollow hoop. Hollow hoops do not have an open end and look like a continuous hoop.

Changing Open Hoops

Wash your hands and your new hoops with antibacterial soap to help prevent introducing germs into your piercing. Dry them with a paper towel or a freshly washed cloth towel.

Hold onto the hoop where it meets the front of your earlobe.

Grasp the earring back with your thumb and forefinger and pull it straight backwards to remove it.

Slide the hoop out of the front of your earlobe by pulling on the end you are holding.

Push the post of the new earring through the piercing hole from front to back.

Grasp the earring back and, while holding the front of the earring, stick the earring post into the hole on the earring back. Push the earring back toward your earlobe to ensure a snug fit.

Changing Solid Hoops

Grasp the back of the hoop at the back of your earlobe and the front of the hoop in front of your earlobe.

Pull backwards on the back of the hoop while pushing gently sideways and away from your face with the front. The wire will pop out of the back of the hoop.

Insert the wire of the new earring into your piercing from front to back.

Push the wire into the hole on the back of the hoop.

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