Acrylic ear stretchers are a cheap, comfortable and easy way to stretch your ears. Acrylic is a high quality plastic that is very light, durable and affordable. I have found acrylic ear stretchers to be very comfortable to use and you can even wear them as jewellery after you have stretched your ears. The main advantage of acrylic ear stretchers is how lightweight they are. Heavy stretchers can pull on your piercings but with acrylic, you’ll hardly feel them at all. This puts less stress on the piercing and gives it a better chance of healing quickly. It also makes them comfortable to wear while your ear is healing – even at night.
There are 3 main shapes of ear stretchers: spiral, crescent and straight. They are all used in the same way but some people find different shapes more comfortable. You can also choose the one you think looks best. At Body Jewellery Shop we have a great choice of acrylic ear stretchers in different colours, sizes and shapes.
How To Use Acrylic Ear Stretchers
Acrylic ear stretchers are easy to use but it is important to stretch your ears correctly. Stretching too quickly or without proper care can lead to tears or unnecessary pain, so I recommend researching the process fully before attempting your first stretch. Always listen to your body and allow at least 2 weeks healing time before attempting another stretch. You should only stretch a healthy, healed piercing – never start stretching before a new piercing has healed completely. If you have any questions or problems please speak to a professional body piercer. The method below is based on my own experience but I am not a piercer and do not claim to be an expert. I recommend getting advice from a professional before you start. Here is how I stretched my ears:
- Choose an ear stretcher in your desired size. Only stretch a small amount each time. The smallest end of the stretcher should be the same gauge as your current piercing jewellery.
- Clean piercing and ear stretcher thoroughly. Wash your hands.
- Lubricate the piercing and ear stretcher. Good stretching lubricants are olive oil, jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil.
- Insert the smallest end of the ear stretcher into your piercing. Slowly insert as much of the stretcher as you are able. This should be uncomfortable, not excruciating. If it begins to hurt or the stretcher will not go any further, stop there.
- Secure the ear stretcher with O-rings. Place one on the larger end of the stretcher, or one on either side of your ear lobe. Adjust until it feels comfortable.
- Allow the stretching time to heal. Keep it clean and dry and touch it as little as possible. Keep hair and clothing away from the stretching. If you have long hair tie it back. This can take 1-3 weeks.
- Remove stretcher and insert other jewellery or stretch again.