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.
It is important to stretch your piercings gradually and in a way that reduces the risk to your body. People have been stretching their piercings for thousands of years but if you stretch too quickly or without proper care, you can suffer blowouts and even split stretchings. I recommend waiting at least 2 weeks before stretching again. This allows your skin to stretch gradually and heal fully before stretching again. If you have never done it before, ask your piercer about the best way to stretch your ears. An ear stretcher should be gradually inserted in a piercing and lubrication is always a good idea. You can lubricate your ear stretchers with a natural oil such as olive, jojoba or Vitamin E oil.
Straight Ear Stretchers
Straight ear stretchers are the simplest type of stretching tool. They are made of smooth materials that will not drag on the skin and often come with O-rings to hold them in place. Steel stretchers are best for inserting in one session, where you ease the entire stretcher through the piercing and replace with suitably sized jewellery. The other two stretchers are made of lightweight PMMA, so you can insert them part way and wear them as jewellery until your ear is healed.
Curved Ear Stretchers
Curved ear stretchers work in exactly the same way. Some people find it easier to turn the stretcher through their ear. I have used both types and prefer curved ear stretchers simply because I like the way they look. Some curved ear stretchers are very stylish and they make lovely pieces of jewellery even after your stretch has healed.