Though tapers and stretching kits are readily available
online and in stores, it is strongly advised to visit a professional piercer to
assist and advise with ear stretching as mistakes during the stretching process
can result in serious damage to the ear lobe.
To stretch your ears safely, follow the steps below. Please
remember whilst it might be tempting to speed the process up and use a bigger
taper immediately to achieve your stretched
ear lobes, by not following the correct procedure you could risk
potentially scarring or tearing the ear lobe completely which may require
surgical correction and will prevent you from ever being able to stretch your
lobes again. So it pays to be patient and follow these ear stretching guide steps:
PLEASE NOTE: You will need to have an existing, healed ear
lobe piercing before you can begin the stretching process. If you have just had
an ear lobe piercing you will need to wait at least 4-6 months before you
attempt to stretch the ear.
Visit a piercer who will be able to help you select the
appropriate taper for your ear as well as talk you through the process. Most
people start with a 2mm or 3mm taper.
Apply a warm compress to the ear to relax the skin.
Alternatively, just after a warm shower is a great time to stretch your ear.
Clean the ear thoroughly and ensure the taper/stretcher is sterile.
Apply a little lubricant such as Jojoba oil or vitamin E oil
to the taper and remove one of the bands, keep it to hand to replace after the
stretching is complete.
Gently slide the narrow end of the taper into your ear lobe
piercing hole. You may feel some minor resistance and a slight stinging
sensation. Gently push the taper in until the resistance is at a point where it
requires any force to push through. This means you have stretched your lobe to
its capacity for now. (Don't worry though, as the piercing heals again the skin
will regain elasticity and you will be able to gradually increase the size of
the hole.) It is strongly advisable to only stretch your ear 1 size at a time.
If you are unsure about how far to stretch your piercing, please consult with a
Place the band onto the taper behind your ear lobe to secure
it in place until you are ready to stretch again.
Leave a good amount of time in between each stretch for your
skin to heal, it is recommended to wait at least a month in between stretching.
The important thing to remember is that whilst feeling a
little discomfort or stinging during ear stretching is normal, it should never
be unbearable or extremely painful. If the ear stretching process starts to
feel very painful it means you are over-stretching your ears or stretching too
quickly and you will risk tearing the lobe.
Clean the area twice daily with salt water soaks.
If you're wearing jewellery, take it out and clean both the
jewellery and the ear daily to clean out dead skin, dirt and moisture which
could cause infection.
Gently massage the ear with Jojoba oil or Vitamin E oil to
prevent scarring and keep the skin moisturised.
Only wear jewellery made from high quality materials to
ensure your ear heals smoothly.
There’s plenty of options when it comes to stretched piercing
jewellery from Blue Banana. Some popular styles include:
When choosing your piercing jewellery there are a few things
you should consider:
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