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Welcome back to our instructions on how to stretch your ears! In Part 1 we discussed how to determine your current gauge and what materials you will need. Remember, ear stretching is safe but it is always important to take care. If you feel that something is not right, stop immediately and consult a professional piercer. Now we can move on to the actual stretching method and start stretching your ears!


Step 3: Start Stretching Your Ears

The best time to stretch your ears is after a hot shower, when the skin is soft and malleable. I recommend stretching no more than 2mm at a time. Your piercing should be fully healed – at least 4 to 6 months since it was pierced. Never stretch a piercing that feels or looks sore – wait for it to calm down before you stretch.

I recommend stretching one ear at a time. It is usually uncomfortable to sleep on a freshly-stretched piercing, so this allows you to sleep on the unstretched side. Plus, it means that you can focus on one side at a time and then bring the other ear up to the same gauge – don’t worry, you’ll only be lopsided for a short time!

  1. Wash your hands and gather your tools. As discussed in Part 1, you will need a stretching taper and unflared flesh plug in your desired gauge. You will also need a suitable lubricant, such as jojoba oil. Clean and dry your stretching taper and jewellery thoroughly.
  2. Remove current jewellery and massage your piercing with your chosen lubricant. This will help to soften the skin.
  3. Apply a little lubricant to the small end of the stretching taper and begin to push it slowly into your piercing.
  4. Pay attention to how it feels. Some soreness or discomfort is normal, but you should not feel sharp pain or strong resistance while stretching you ears. This is a sign that you are not ready to stretch to the next size yet – perhaps your ears are not fully healed? This can be frustrating, but try to be patient and never simply push through the pain. This can lead to skin tears and blowouts, which can leave permanent scars.
  5. Continue to push the taper through your ear. If you feel that you need to pause for a moment, take your time.
  6. Once the taper is pushed fully through your ear, align the end of the flesh plug with the big end of the taper, as if it were part of the taper. Then push both the taper and jewellery through your ear until the flesh plug is fully in your piercing – congratulations, you have just stretched your ear!
  7. Place an O-ring on either end of the flesh plug to keep it in place.

Step 4: Ear Stretching Aftercare

Freshly-stretched ears require little aftercare, but it is important to pay attention to how it feels. Your ear may feel hot and a little sore, but sharp pain or bleeding are not normal and indicate that you may have damaged your ear. If this happens, downsize to your previous jewellery, clean with saline and allow your ear to heal fully before stretching again.

Assuming you have stretched your ears successfully, the best aftercare is to leave your ears alone for a few days. Sleep on your other side and take care not to bump them when you get dressed. You should also keep your hair away from the stretching. You can use saline to clean around the jewellery if needed, but this is not often necessary.

Step 5: What Next?

After stretching, your ears may take up two months to heal fully. Always allow 1-2 months before stretching again – even if they feel fine. This allows the fistula (piercing hole) to stabilize and fully adjust to its new size. I also recommend waiting 1-2 months before wearing flared jewellery – doing this too early can irritate the fistula. After 1-2 months the piercing should no longer feel tight around the jewellery and you should be able to remove it easily. Massaging the piercing with oil can help increase softness and blood circulation to the stretching. Once your stretching is stable and no longer feels tight, you are ready to stretch up to the next size. Follow the same method and remember to stretch slowly to avoid damaging your ears – everyone’s ears are different but you should always err on the side of caution to avoid permanent damage. Happy ear stretching!

This post is part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series. Click on the link to see the whole series.

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Stretching your ears is a safe but dramatic way to modify your appearance. As with any body modification it is important to do it safely, using a method that gives you the best possible chance of a good, healthy result. Today I will explain the basic method of how to stretch your ears. This method is what has worked for me personally, combined with the advice of experienced piercers.
As with any modification, it is important to listen to your own body – if something does not feel right, stop immediately. Also, if you are unsure about how to stretch your ears or have more questions, I suggest consulting a professional piercer to make sure you are completely confident. Most piercers will be happy to help.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I have assumed that you already have your ears pierced. This method is intended for ear stretching only and should not be used for other piercings – if you want to stretch any other body piercing, please consult a professional piercer. So let’s get started!


Step 1: Determine Your Current Gauge

Before you can stretch your ears, you will need to determine the current gauge of your ear piercings. If you had your ears pierced with a gun, they were probably pierced at 1mm, whereas if you went to a piercing studio they are more likely to have been pierced at 1.6mm. For this post, I will be sticking to measurements in millimetres, which is standard in the UK and Europe. In the USA, they use a wire gauge system. You can view the gauge equivalents of any millimetre size using our BJS Gauge/Thickness Chart.
It is important that your piercing is fully healed before you begin to stretch your ears – usually 4 to 6 months. Your piercing may feel ready much earlier than that, but even ear piercings take a long time to heal and you risk permanent damage if you begin stretching before your piercing is fully healed.

Step 2: Gather Your Materials

Now that you know what size your piercing is; you can gather the materials that you will need. None of these items is expensive, but it is important to use the right tools. To stretch your ears you will need:

Stretching Tapers

Surgical steel stretching tapers are the easiest and safest tools for ear stretching. They allow you to ease up to the next size and are easy to keep clean. You can also use acrylic tapers, but they are harder to keep clean. You should stretch just a couple of millimetres at a time, so buy a stretching taper 2 or 3 millimetres bigger than your current gauge.

Lubricant

Using a lubricant will make the stretching process easier and more comfortable. It also reduces the risk of tears and blowouts. I recommend using a natural oil for lubrication. Some people use petroleum jelly but it is more likely to harbour bacteria, so I would stick to oil. Jojoba oil, hemp oil, Vitamin E oil or plain old olive oil are all good options.

Jewellery

You will need some jewellery to wear once you have passed the stretching taper through your ear. Your jewellery should be the same gauge as your stretching taper. I recommend an unflared flesh plug. A steel flesh tube is ideal. Because you are using unflared jewellery, you will need 2 O-rings to keep it in place – here at BJS we include free O-rings with all our unflared jewellery.

Make sure that your tapers and jewellery are clean and dry before you start stretching your ears. Obviously you should also wash your hands and have everything laid out before you start.

Check back next Wednesday for Part 2, where we’ll talk about how to start stretching your ears!

This post is part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series. Click on the link to see the whole series.

Make the most of your piercings by always keeping them safe and looking great. Choose from a wide variety of essential body piercing tools like our flesh plugs, measuring tools, stretching crescents, bioplast tools and a range of saline solutions. You will love these fabulous aftercare tools which heal your new piercings and will help you get your dream look. Never have to worry about irritation, and difficult healing because our easy to use essential body piercing tools will prevent future infections and uncomfortable swelling.

Healing and Body Piercing Aftercare

EasyPiercing Salt Solution

EasyPiercing Salt Solution

Make sure you get your hands on some of this fantastic Easypiercing Physiological Salt Solution perfect for cleaning fresh piercings and help speed up the healing process. This fantastic salt solution will look after your piercing for approximately two months as well as moisturise the skin around your wound. With a handy nozzle fitted on the top of the can, you can spray this solution evenly. This will allow it to release the amount necessary for one application and stop you from using it quickly. Everyone will love this easy to use, affordable and soothing spray for all their new piercings. It is advised to use this solution between 2 to 3 times a day so that your piercing doesn’t dry out.

Piercing Stretching Tools

UV Pink Stripe Stretching Taper

UV Pink Stripe Stretching Taper

Light up your look with this eye-catching UV pink stripe stretching taper which will update your evening and daytime looks. The UV-reactive PMMA pink and black striped acrylic taper will look amazing fitted in all your ear piercings. This will fix in place easily with the easy to use black rings either side. Get comfort and style all in one with this glossy accessory which will stretch your piercings gradually and uplift your style. These are available in gauges from 3.2mm to 8mm to help you get your ideal look this year. Glow at all your parties, gatherings, concerts and festivals with this glamorous stretching taper perfect for almost any occasion and outfit.

Hollow flesh tunnels are a classic option for stretched ear piercings and they come in a huge choice of designs. Hollow flesh tunnels are cylinder-shaped pieces of jewellery that are lighter than solid flesh plugs and often place less stress on the piercing as a result. Another advantage of hollow flesh plugs is that they are compact and do not move around in the piercing, as large gauge BCRs and bars can.

Steel Hollow Flesh Tunnels

Steel Hollow Flesh Tunnels

Steel Hollow Flesh Tunnels

Surgical steel is one of the most popular materials for body jewellery because it is biocompatible, strong and cheap. Surgical steel is very comfortable to wear and it can be made into a wide range of hollow flesh tunnels, from plain tubes to glamorous designs like these jewelled steel flesh tunnels. It is important to make sure that your tunnels are made from high quality surgical steel, as inferior steel jewellery can irritate your ears. Here are BJS all our steel jewellery is superior 316L surgical steel but if you are shopping elsewhere always ask before you buy.



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Ear stretchers are used for enlarging your ear piercings to reach large gauge sizes. Ear stretchers are usually used to stretch your ear piercing one size at a time, so they are generally available in a vast range of different sizes ranging from 1.6mm to 30mm. When you use an ear stretcher, you may wish to leave the stretcher in your stretched ear piercing to wear as jewellery, or you may wish to use the ear stretcher as a guide for your new large gauge jewellery such as a flesh plug or flesh tunnel.

PMMA Acrylic Stretchers

PMMA Acrylic Stretchers

Types of Ear Stretcher

Ear stretchers come in many different styles, shapes and colours to choose from; there is something for all tastes and requirements. Our extravagant range of jewellery materials include these PMMA acrylic ear stretchers, Plastic ear stretcher claws and spirals, Wooden ear stretchers, UV Ultra Violet ear stretchers, Glow in the Dark ear stretchers, Surgical Steel ear stretchers and many more.

Wooden Ear Stretcher

Wooden Ear Stretcher

PMMA Ear Stretchers

This bright and funky range of PMMA acrylic ear stretchers includes the wild patterns and colours that will really brighten up your look, so stretching your ear piercing will be a fun and snazzy process from start to finish! Check out the checker ear stretchers, stripe ear stretchers, Neon ear stretchers, Rainbow ear stretchers and even plain black stretchers or white ear stretchers for that slick, classic look.

Glow in the Dark Ear Stretcher

Glow in the Dark Ear Stretcher

Natural Ear Stretchers

Natural and organic ear stretchers have the unique craft of mother nature that cannot be replicated by any other material, with fabulous natural grains, markings and hues, you can choose from our beautifully smoothed and polished wooden ear stretchers and buffalo ear stretchers including spirals, twists, claws and crescents.

Ear Stretching Crescents

Ear Stretching Crescents

Steel Ear Stretchers

Surgical steel ear stretchers include a great range of stretcher spirals and crescents, as well as ear stretcher kits to get you started out on your ear stretching journey. Surgical steel is very popular for ear stretching, with a fantastic value on stretching tools and great range of different types of ear stretchers to choose from, there are tools for all your ear stretching needs.

Ear Stretcher Kit

Ear Stretcher Kit