Making the choice to stretch your ears is one of the most exciting decisions a passionate body modder can make. Like many body mods, stretching an existing piercing is a simple, but precise process that requires careful and patient progress through various gauges. It can be overwhelming to choose your first plugs, so, with that in mind, we’ve created this guide to help you get a good set of ear gauging plugs. Keep reading to learn more!
Step One – Choose a Healthy Material
One of the most important steps of choosing ear gauging plugs is making sure the material of the plug is good for stretching. Unhealthy holes can, unfortunately, become a health risk, but avoiding such things is actually very simple! Make sure to choose hypoallergenic metals that have been sterilized well if you’re using metal plugs, and non-porous materials if you are using non-metal plugs. Wood, bone, and certain types of stone can house bacteria that can cause infection, so play it safe and choose safe materials!
Step Two – Consider Full Sets
Many online body mod stores sell full ear stretchingkits, complete with multiple, graduated sizes to help you safely stretch your lobes. These can not only be a safe and comfortable choice, but they can also save you money in the long run and ensure that you get ear gauging plugs that match your style regardless of the size. While a full set isn’t perfect for all types of gauges (especially more decorative ones), many first timers will find that a full set does the job just right, allowing you to adjust plug size at your own pace in your own style.
Step Three – Focus on Function First and Style After
When selecting your first set of plugs, be sure that you put the function and safety first. When in doubt, keep the style simple! Minimalistic, surgical steel plugs provide a neutral look that works with just about every outfit or style and provide fantastic, affordable, and safe functionality. Once your lobes have been stretched as much as you’d like, you’ll be free to choose any type of plug you’d like.
The early stages of stretching your earlobesare vital to the long-term health of your ears. While stretching seems like a slow process at first, you’ll be surprised at how quickly it goes when you don’t develop any complications or difficulties.
Following these easy steps, you’ll be on your way to the aesthetic you’ve always wanted. We recommend taking the time to check out King’s Body Jewelry. Their team of passionate body jewelry experts can serve as perfect guides for your first experience with stretching your ears. They also have a variety of plugs, tunnels, and other body jewelry to help you get the look you want.Don’t underestimate how helpful an experienced voice can be in making the right choices to get the look you’ve always wanted. Remember: body modification is all about personal expression. If you can dream it, you can do it with the right amount of patience and planning!