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How to Stretch Your Ears Naturally

by Hadas Milrod on January 09, 2024

Stretching your ears, also known as earlobe stretching or earlobe gauging, is a process that requires patience and care to avoid injury. Here are some steps to help you naturally stretch your ears:

  1. Wait for Initial Healing: Before attempting to stretch your ears, ensure that your ear piercings are fully healed. It typically takes at least 6-8 weeks for earlobe piercings to heal, but healing times can vary.

  2. Choose the Right Jewelry: Start with high-quality jewelry made of materials such as surgical steel, titanium, or glass. Avoid materials that may cause irritation or an allergic reaction.

  3. Size Up Gradually: Ear stretching is a gradual process. Begin with a small size, typically around 16 or 14 gauge. Wait at least a month before attempting to size up, giving your ears time to adjust.

  4. Cleanliness is Key: Maintain good hygiene by cleaning your ears and jewelry regularly. Use a saline solution or a mild, fragrance-free soap. Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as they can be too harsh.

  5. Massage and Lubricate: Before attempting to stretch, massage your earlobes with a natural oil (jojoba oil or vitamin E oil work well). This can help improve circulation and make the stretching process more comfortable.

  6. Warm Compress: Apply a warm compress or soak your ears in warm water before stretching. This can help relax the tissue and make it more pliable.

  7. Use Tapers: Tapers are tools designed for stretching. Insert the taper slowly and gently until it's fully through the piercing. Once the taper is in, follow immediately with the jewelry of the desired size.

  8. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body's signals. If you experience pain, resistance, or excessive bleeding, stop immediately and downsize to a smaller gauge. Do not force the jewelry through.

  9. Give Time Between Stretches: Wait a minimum of 4-6 weeks between stretches to allow your ears to fully heal and adapt to the new size. Rushing the process can lead to tearing or blowouts.

  10. Downsize if Necessary: If you encounter issues, downsize to a smaller gauge, and allow your ears to heal before attempting to stretch again.

Remember that everyone's body responds differently to stretching, and genetics can play a role in how easily your ears stretch. If you're unsure or encounter problems, consult with a professional piercer for guidance. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific situation.

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