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A Beginner's Guide to Ear Stretching

7 June 2012


So you’re thinking of stretching your ears? Here are some great tips on how to do it safely and (almost) painlessly.

Don’t forget this is just a guide – if you’re serious about stretching your ears, talk to a piercing expert for tips and find out how much they charge to do it professionally.

  • You need to have a piercing in the first place, and it is essential you don't begin stretching your ears until the holes are completely healed. It will be less painful and less likely to get infected if you ensure your sking has strengthened first.
  • A stainless steel taper is probably the best way to stretch your ears. Most people start stretching up to 2mm with a taper that is 1.6mm at its smallest end and 2mm at its largest.
  • You can use lubricant on the taper - but don't put too much on. Gently push the taper into your ear as far as it will comfortably go, then push it in slightly further until you can feel your lobes tingling. They may sting slightly but should not be too sore. Use the rubber O rings provided to hold the taper in place.
  • Bodies heal at different rates – it can take some people weeks to stretch to 6mm and others months. Never hurry the process as you might damage your ears permanently. Always wait for your ear to heal properly before stretching again. If your ear bleeds, it is best to remove the stretcher and wait for it to heal before starting again. Massaging the lobe or holding a warm cloth to it before the process will help the circulation and relax the tissue.
  • Hygiene is paramount. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before stretching the lobe and make sure you keep your ear clean. Dirt and skin cells can build up in the enlarged hole and create a discharge, so clean your ear with Studex piercing soloution or a saline (salt water) solution or antibacterial soap once or twice a day.
  • Turn your taper gently to prevent it from sticking and make sure you clean inside the hole.

Now the fun part: we have a wicked selection of stretchers, expanders, plugs and flesh tubes made from silicone, stainless steel, black steel and acrylic. Each piece is high quality, hypoallergenic and designed for use in piercings. Check out our plugs and expanders page for more.

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