People have stretched their ears since ancient times, whether it is for traditional or religious purposes. In recent years, the body modification practice has made a comeback as a form of self-expression. If you choose to go ahead with it, you will need an ear stretching kit.
Stretching the lobes too big or too fast can lead to permanent damage to the skin. It is important to have a proper ear gauging kit so that you will not face with any unnecessary damage. Make sure you use sterile plugs to prevent infections from happening.
What You Need
You can purchase a complete ear taper kit with all the items that you’ll need for the process. This is the best and cheapest way to acquire all the items to stretch your ears. It will also save you time and money.
You can also choose to buy the items separately. Some of the items you’ll need for the ear stretching process include lubricant or oil, titanium or steel tapers, single flare or no flare plugs, anti-bacterial non-scented soap, saline solution, and plumber’s tape or bondage tape.
A good ear taper kit comes with both tapers and long-term ear stretching jewelry. The tapers are primarily used as tools for the actual stretching. They should be replaced with jewelry after a couple of hours.
It is important to get the ear stretching kit from a reputable source. Make sure that it is brand new. It is also not advisable to use plugs or tapers that were already used by someone else to avoid infections. Once you got all the items, then you can continue with the ear stretching process.
Know the Gauge Sizes
Ear stretching jewelry sizes are measured in Gauges that range from 20 Gauge to 00 Gauge. Anything that’s larger than 00 Gauge will be measured in millimeters or inches. If you are serious about stretching your ear, then you should understand the different Gauge sizes.
If your ears were pierced with a gun, your gauge size would be 20 Gauge to 18 Gauge. Then you should start with a 14 Gauge.
Keep in mind that you should start stretching your ear when the piercing has already healed completely. That means waiting for four to six months after a fresh piercing. You should also wash your hands before stretching your ear. You should wait for at least a month before step up to the next gauge size.
Types of Stretching Jewelry
After two weeks of your last stretch, you can start using different jewelry in your ear. There are several types of jewelry that you can use that include tunnels, single and double flare earlets, plugs, and flared plugs. Make sure that you get jewelry with the right gauge size.
Stretching your ear is a slow process. It requires a lot of patience. The good news is that anyone can do it. It requires a little amount of know-how. As long as you have the right ear gauging kit and do it properly, you can prevent nasty infections from happening.