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When you stretch your ears, the most important things that you can do are a) stretch slowly and b) use high quality ear stretching kit. High quality stretching tools give you the best chance of a healthy stretching process and a good end result. This is because good quality tools will be made of biocompatible, lightweight materials that do not cause irritation or put undue pressure on the piercing. In this post I will outline the ear stretching kit that is not only my personal favourite, but is recommend by the majority of piercers and experienced stretchers.

For Stretching Your Ears

For actually stretching your ears, I highly recommend surgical steel stretching tapers. Here at Body Jewellery Shop you can buy these tapers individually or as a kit, as you can see below. High quality steel stretching tapers such as ours are finely machined with a perfectly smooth surface and will not irritate your ears. If you choose cheaper acrylic tapers, you may find that they irritate your ears and drag on the skin. Lubricant is also essential – either jojoba, Vitamin E, olive, hemp or almond oil. These natural oils reduce drag and pain during stretching. They also condition the skin and should be used to massage the earlobe both before stretching and during the healing process.

For After You Have Stretched Your Ears

After you have stretched your ear, remove the taper and insert an unflared flesh tunnel. My favourites are the steel flesh tunnels below. You should never leave the taper in, as this leads to uneven stretching and puts pressure on the new stretching. You should always use non-porous materials for your first post-stretching jewellery to encourage clean healing: either surgical steel or titanium.

For Healed Ear Stretchings

Once your ear stretching has healed completely and you have reached your desired gauge, I recommend wearing wooden flesh tunnels or plugs. Wooden jewellery is completely non-irritating, lightweight and very comfortable to wear. It reduces odour and stays the same temperature as your body. My own wooden tunnels have kept my ears happy for years and I find that they require less cleaning compared to metal jewellery. So there you have it, my favourite ear stretching kit!

Steel Stretching Taper

Steel Stretching Taper

Steel Stretching Taper Kit

Steel Stretching Taper Kit

Unflared Steel Flesh Tunnel

Unflared Steel Flesh Tunnel

Wooden Plugs and Tunnels

Wooden Plugs and Tunnels



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


Taper pins come in a gigantic range of styles, colours, materials, sizes and designs. Designed to be used in stretched piercings, different types of taper pins can be used to stretch your piercings up before fitting your jewellery, or, you can even leave the taper pin in your stretched piercing as jewellery!

Taper Pin Travel Kit

This handy taper pin kit is designed to stretch piercings from 1.6mm to 10mm, perfect as a gift or handy set for personal use and to keep your stretching taper pins organised, clean and neatly stored. The taper pins in this kit have a hollow end to align with your piece of jewellery, making the stretching process easy and hassle-free. The taper pin kit has 10 tapers in total, made of surgical steel. There are more surgical steel taper pins in our surgical steel stretching gear section.

Taper Pin Kit

Taper Pin Kit

Wooden Taper Pins

Wooden taper pins are only recommended for fully healed stretches, as wood is a porous material. Porous materials are not suitable for healing piercings or stretches, as they will absorb fluids and can harbour bacteria. Wooden taper pins can be worn as jewellery and look fantastic, with natural grain and colour, the stunning finish creates a very natural, traditional, tribal look and feel.

Wooden Taper Pins

Wooden Taper Pins

Hologram Taper Pins

These new hologram taper pins are bright and reflective, with a really shimmery hologram inserted into the stem of the taper. Available in a choice of colours, the hologram tapers are really funky and bright! Hologram taper pins are part of our fabulous UV taper range, with many different patterns and designs that glow under ultra violet light!