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”.

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