Ear stretching/ear gauging is the gradual stretching out of piercings in your earlobes. If allowed enough time, the diameter of these holes may range anywhere from a pencil to a beer can. It takes effort and time to stretch your ears. If you don’t perform it correctly, you risk causing lasting damage or scarring and increasing the possibility of infection.

  1. What you will require for ear stretching

The first step is to have an ear piercing. It’s as simple as visiting a reputable piercing business, having your earlobes pierced, and waiting a few months for the piercings to heal. Choose a piercing parlor with a piercing license in your state. After your piercings have fully healed, you can obtain all the necessary equipment to expand their sizes. You’ll require:

  • Tapers

Tapers and EAR GAUGES are available in various sizes, based on how far you wish to stretch your piercing. You insert these lengthy, spiky items inside your piercings to stretch out the flesh.

  • Plugs

They’re built of various materials (steel, titanium, silicone, and organic), each with advantages. Many plugs have “flared” sides that make them simpler to insert.

  • Lubricant

Any safe lubrication will aid the taper’s passage through the piercing. Commercial-grade lubrication is widely available in jewelry stores, although you can also use plant-based lubricants such as coconut and jojoba oil.

  1. Three earlobe stretching techniques
  • Natural Method (Dead Stretching): Allow your ear to become loose enough on its own to insert a larger piece of jewelry comfortably. That is achieved by donning heavy jewelry and demonstrating a great deal of patience.
  • Tapering Method: Apply some natural oil to your earlobes and tapers, then push the taper through the fistula till the tip of the larger side is in front of your ear, then finish with a plug or eyelet. This technique should only be utilized up to 2g since the increments between sizes get too rough for your ears to endure after that, resulting in blowouts.
  • Taping Method: Place lubricants in your ear, insert the slightly bigger piece of jewelry, then wrap a couple of rounds of non-adhesive tape around the eyelet, EAR GAUGES, or plug. The jewelry shouldn’t need to be forced in. Remove some of the non-adhesive tapes if you cannot get them in. Do this repeatedly until it is snugly seated in your ear. Perform this every four to seven days until you reach your next size.
  1. What do you care about your stretched earlobes?

When you extend your earlobes, a typical reaction occurs, which doesn’t necessarily indicate that your earlobes are infected. Dirt and skin cells may accumulate in the widened opening after stretching your ears, leading to a discharge. Make sure to wash your ears daily using a product like Studex® piercing solution to cure the problem. To clean all surfaces, gently rotate your taper while you clean. Additionally, it’s critical to maintain ear lobe moisture to promote circulation and lessen the chance of tearing. Jojoba oil or vitamin E oil are suitable products to use for this.

You most likely have an infection if you experience severe swelling, redness, discharge, irritation, and hotness. Taking care of any infection as early as possible is advisable because it can become a significant issue.