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Beginner's Guide to Ear Stretching

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First, Get Your Ears Pierced

The first thing you need to do is have your ears pierced by a professional. It's preferable to have this done using a needle rather than a gun to avoid damage to the tissue as this will make stretching your ears much more difficult. A piercer will generally start your ears off at a 16g or 14g. However, some piercers will pierce with a larger size if you request it. Be sure to wait 4–6 months for your new piercing to heal before attempting to stretch and clean regularly.

What You Should Get to Make Your Stretching Easier

  • Ear Stretching Kit
  • Jojoba Oil/ Vitamin E Oil/ Emu Oil (lubricant for stretches)
  • Sea salt spray/ Sea Salt
  • Anti Bacterial Soap
  • Teflon Tape

Basic Steel Stretching Kit


Buy Some Jewelry

I recommend buying a stainless steel stretching kit. Most kits found online start at a 14g size and continue up to a 00. Search for a kit that includes tapers as well as tunnels/plugs. Using a kit is the most cost-effective way to stretch your ears. Once you get to your desired size then it's a better idea to start buying individual jewelry for your stretched ears.

Know the Sizes

A chart showing the different measurements

A chart showing the different measurements

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Stretch Your Ears

Once your ears are healed you can start your first stretch. First, wash your hands with Anti Bacterial soap. Wash your ears with the soap as well, using warm water. Dry your ears then take the oil of your choice and gently massage your ear lobes. Slowly run the taper through your ear. There should be NO pain. Never force the taper through. Your ears may not be ready to stretch if you feel pain. Wait two weeks then try again. Smaller sizes in my experience have been easier to stretch (14g–4g). Larger sizes (4g–00) are harder and may take longer to heal. Do not use any material other than steel or glass to stretch!

After Care

While your freshly stretched ear is healing you should sea salt soak your ears, but no more than twice per day. Dip your ear into a small container with your sea salt solution and let your lobes soak for five minutes each. Rinse your ears with warm water afterwards. Once your lobes are healed you can remove your jewelry and clean both the lobes and jewelry with antibacterial soap to avoid "Ear Gunk".


  • Moisturize your ears
  • Tapers should never be worn as jewelry
  • Do not sea salt soak more than twice a day
  • Do not skip sizes
  • Do not stretch using materials other than glass or steel
  • Teflon Tape can be wrapped around jewelry to make stretching easier (see video)
  • Change out your Teflon Tape if used to avoid harboring bacteria
  • Do not rush your stretching journey

Proper Ear Care Review

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the maximum amount ears should be soaked in sea-salt solution/spray?
    • 1x
    • 2x
    • As many times as you want.
  2. Professionals should use ______ to pierce ears efficiently?
    • Piercing Gun
    • Piercing Needle
    • Either
  3. What materials should be used in freshly stretched ears?
    • Wood
    • Stone
    • Acrylic & Silver
    • Glass & Steel
  4. Tapers are used to...
    • Gradually stretch the ear and followed through by plugs or tunnels
    • Worn as permanent Jewelry
    • Put in after the ear has been stretched by plugs or tunnels
  5. What type of tape is used to make stretching easier?
    • Duct Tape
    • Scotch Tape
    • Teflon Tape

Answer Key

  1. 2x
  2. Piercing Needle
  3. Glass & Steel
  4. Gradually stretch the ear and followed through by plugs or tunnels
  5. Teflon Tape

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Mallory

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