How do I Change Hoop Earrings?

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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 ear lobe.

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 ear lobe 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 ear lobe to ensure a snug fit.

Grasp the back of the hoop at the back of your ear lobe and the front of the hoop in front of your ear lobe.

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.


If your closed hoops look the same on the back and front, insert the wire from back to front to make it easier to see the hole. Fasten the earring on the front of your ear lobe.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
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