When it comes to stretching your ears, the tools that you choose can be just as important as the method that you use to stretch your ears. In this post I will outline the different types of ear stretchers available and their pros and cons. As with anything relating to ear stretching, everyone is different. These are simply my recommendations, based on my own experience and that of others. Whatever you decide to stretch your ears with, be sure to do your research and choose the stretching tools that you feel will work best for your ears and your needs.
What Taper Shape To Stretch Your Ears With
There are many different types of jewellery that you can stretch your ears with, but most people use either straight tapers or crescent-shaped tapers. A taper is idea for ear stretching because it increases in size gradually, allowing you to slide it through the piercing at a pace that suits you. I recommend using a straight stretching taper, as they tend to be less bulky than crescents and can be easier to handle. I do not recommend simply pushing a plug through your ear, as this is very forceful and likely to result in a tear or blow out. Once you have reached your desired gauge, remove the taper and insert an unflared flesh plug. You should not wear a taper as jewellery, as it can encourage one side of the stretching to become larger than the other. It can also catch on clothing and is not usually comfortable for sleeping.
What Material To Stretch Your Ears With
Stretching tapers are available in a huge range of materials, the most common being surgical steel, acrylic and plastic. I recommend using surgical steel, as it is the most biocompatible and least irritating of these materials. Steel tapers should have a very smooth surface. This means that they will slide smoothly through the ear without dragging on the skin or harbouring germs. This kind of smoothness is not possible with an acrylic taper and as a result many people find that acrylic tapers irritate their ears. Steel tapers are sometimes referred to as “stretching pins” or “stretching nails” – as long as they are straight and taper towards your desired gauge, they are the same as “stretching tapers”.
Stretch your ears in eye-catching style with our new patterned acrylic ear stretchers. These stretching tools come in three graphic patterns that make a cool alternative to plain ear stretchers. They are made from high quality PMMA acrylic, a lightweight plastic that is non-irritating and feels very comfortable to wear. With their smooth finish, these ear stretchers slide gently through your piercing without dragging. They allow you to stretch at your own pace, slowly enough to allow your body to heal in between stretching. We also have a huge choice of other acrylic ear stretchers including plain black and ultra-bright UV colours.
New Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretchers
Our acrylic ear stretchers come in two styles: straight and spiral. Below you can see the three new spiral designs. Spiral ear stretchers are easy to handle and you gently rotate them through your ear. Their rounded shape looks really striking and won’t poke into your neck, as some straight tapers can. They make a big, bold statement and really show off your ear stretchings.
Camo Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher
Skull Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher
Toadstool Spiral Acrylic Ear Stretcher
New Straight Acrylic Ear Stretchers
Below are our three new straight acrylic ear stretchers. They have a classic taper shape and come with two black O-rings to keep them in place. This shape is more compact and gives a more streamlined look. These ear stretchers have rounded points, so they are comfortable to wear and lie straight behind your ear. Simple but eye-catching, they are a classic choice for stretching your ears.
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Healing and Body Piercing Aftercare
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
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.
There are many different options for stretching your ears and crescent ear stretchers are a great choice. Crescent ear stretchers are crescent shaped pieces of jewellery that you can use to stretch your ear piercings. They are thickest in the middle and allow you to gradually insert the stretcher until the middle part is comfortably in your piercing. There are many different shapes of ear stretchers so it is really down to personal preference which shape you use. I stretched my ears to 12mm and 14mm using a combination of crescent and straight ear stretchers. Personally I found the crescents more comfortable to wear while my ear healed, but everyone is different.
Different Crescent Ear Stretchers
You can find crescent ear stretchers in a wide choice of materials but the most popular are surgical steel, acrylic and buffalo horn. All are excellent materials for stretching with and it is really a question of which material your skin reacts best to. Steel can be a little heavier but this is only noticeable once you get to large gauges. You may need a pair of O-rings to keep your crescent in place – most crescents come with O-rings but check before you buy.
If you like the look of stretched ears but you don’t want to actually stretch your piercings, fake ear stretchers are a great way to cheat. These clever pieces of jewellery make it look like you have stretched your ears, without the pain or permanence of actually stretching your piercings. Fake ear stretchers come in a huge range of designs and colours, from fake flesh plugs to dramatic fake tapers and spirals. Here at BJS we have a great choice of fake stretchers, some of which you can see below.
Spiral Fake Ear Stretchers
Spiral fake ear stretchers are a great choice because they really stand out. You can wear these fake spirals in any unstretched ear piercing and they are a great alternative to earrings. I recommend getting fake ear spirals made of lightweight materials like buffalo horn and acrylic. They will not weigh down on your ears and are very comfortable to wear all day.
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.
The best way to stretching your ears is to use ear stretchers. Ear stretchers are tapered pieces of piercing jewellery that you can use to gradually stretch your piercings. They come in a huge range of designs, from the purely functional to beautiful pieces that can be worn as jewellery after you have achieved your desired gauge. In this post I will outline some of the most popular types of ear stretchers and their advantages.