The tapers that are available today vary immensely, in size, colour and especially in how the ear tapers should be used. They are designed with a spike image as they are small at one side and larger on the other. The idea is to stretch the ear with the piercing tapers slowly, which is why they have a smooth and sloped shape. Since they first became available they have been very popular, however, people are getting confused on how the body modifications tools should be used. Many individuals across the globe fashion these piercings permanently, while others believe they should only be used to stretch the ear and not be used or worn for long periods of time. There are many reasons why people think that tapers shouldn’t be worn as an accessory and these include:
Unbalanced Stretching: This is never good as it will cause problems when putting in other jewellery, whether they fall out or are uncomfortably placed in your ear.
Can be Caught on Things: This isn’t certain, however if an ear taper does become caught it will have damaging effects and may rip the ear.
Heavier Tapers will Drag Down Ear Lobe: With this, you won’t be able to get the desired look as it will droop more at the bottom rather than making a round shape.
Even though people are against wearing tapers permanently people still wear them as jewellery, it isn’t advised but is possible to do. Ear tapers can be worn for a short period of time to ensure that the ear has stretched to the desired size and after that other jewellery can be put in place. Also these piercing tapers are helpful for putting in other jewellery as they make a large enough shape for you to slip the piercing through. This is done by placing the small side through your piercing hole and holding the jewellery up to the larger side and pushing it through. Ensure that the taper is lubricated with a water based lubricant that won't affect your skin. Whether it is for permanent wear or just for stretching, these tapers are very popular especially on the alternative fashion scene and work brilliantly for stretching.