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Welcome to Part 2 of Our Ear Stretching Guide!

 

Methods of stretching:

Tapers

Tapers are one of the most common ways ear are stretched, especially within the range of 14-00 gauge. A taper is a straight piece made usually of acrylic or steel that is smaller on one end and gradually increases in diameter.

 

Types of Tapers

Acrylic:

Acrylic tapers are the least expensive and an easy option for most. The are light weight and come in many colors and patterns. Acrylic tapers though, can not be sterilized and may be a bit harder to get through the ear.

Steel (Recommended):

Basic steel tapers are higher quality than acrylic but remain a good option for those on a budget. They can be sterilized as they are non-porous and can be autoclaved. Also, they slide easier through the ear. Due to the flat back to them, they require a steady hand when switching from taper to plug.

 

Concave Steel Tapers (Highly Recommended):

Concave tapers are the best and highest quality tapers to use. Like the basic steel tapers, they can be autoclaved and sterilized for a safe and clean stretch. They also have a concave back (an indention on the end of the taper) so that the plugs actually fit inside of the taper so when you’re ready you can insert your taper, put the plug into the back of the taper, and follow through. These tapers are bit more costly but well worth the price.

 

Time to Stretch!

-Get a good quality lubricant such as Surgilube or jojoba oil.

-Lube your ears thoroughly as well as the taper.

-Insert the taper up to the base of the larger side.

-Once through, follow your plug through after the taper.

-Don’t worry if it takes a few minutes, take your time!

 

The Wrapping or Taping Method

Once you reach about 0-00 gauge, you will find this is a good option for stretching, as the jumps between sizes increase. Wrapping is simple, you take your current size plug ( we recommend a straight plug or tunnel; non-saddle plug) and wrap between 1-3 layers of tape. You can trim or tuck the excess into the tunnel. Doing this about once per week is the recommended pace. It takes about 1-2 months but it allows for healing time and has minimal risk for damage or blow outs.

Types of tape to use are PTFE tape and Bondage tape. These are non-toxic and won’t irritate your skin.

Find the Other Portions of the Guide:

Check Out Part 1 Here

Find Part 3 Here

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