Ear Stretching Guide
Posted on Friday, June 22 2012 11:14:00 AM in Blog posts by Richard Soper
- Firstly you will need to have your ears pierced and for the piercings to be healed. We advise having your ears piercing for a minimum of 4-6 months before starting stretching. NEVER stretch before your piercing is fully healed.
- Next step is finding out what size your ears were pierced at, if they were pierced with regular earrings your starting size will usually be 0.8mm. If you were pierced with labrets/barbells your ears will either be a 1.2mm or 1.6mm, occasionally your piercer will pierce you with a larger gauge if requested. Your local piercer should be able to tell you what size your initial jewellery is.
- Dependent on the size of your initial jewellery your starting taper will either be 1.6mm or 2mm. If your starting jewellery is 0.8mm, 1mm or 1.2mm it is advised to start off at 1.6mm, if your initial jewellery is 1.6mm start at 2mm. Stretching tapers come in a variety of colours, materials and styles, so pick one you like and begin stretching.
- One you have chosen your jewellery, start by lubricating the jewellery and your piercing with a water based lubricant such as KY Jelly. Slowly slide your taper through your piercing, if you meet any form of resistance, stop, leave it a week and try again. Stretching too fast, or when your ears aren’t ready can lead to thinning of the tissue, bleeding and blowouts. Once your first taper is in, pop the o-rings on to secure it. We do not advise wearing tapers past 2.4mm as they create weak spots on your lobes.
- Before stretching to the next size which will be 2mm/2.4mm depending on what size you started at you will need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks, occasionally this can be longer, everyone’s ears are different.
- Once you get to 3mm you will need to buy a plug or a tunnel to go with your taper, once again these come in a variety of materials and designs so pick one you like as you’ll be wearing it for a minimum of 4 weeks. When stretching to 3mm and the sizes after this make sure you follow your taper through with the plug. You do this by lubricating both the taper and tunnel and holding the larger end of the taper up to the plug and following through in one motion.