Ear stretching or gauging, as some call it, is a very well-developed process. The cultures of the past have used this technique to show their beauty and manhood. However, the process of stretching takes time and require the proper process to be effective.
The first thing is to make sure you have a licensed and reputable piercer begin the process of ear stretching with you. Many piercers will start off with a 16 gauge piercing before they move to the plugs. The final size that desired should be discussed with the piercer prior to beginning the process. The main rule of this process is to increase plug size by one increment at a time. So, if one were pierced with a 16 gauge needle, the next plug would be a 14 in size. The sizes continue on to 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 0, 00, and then start measurements in millimeters & fractions.
Tapers are purchased to help with the stretching process, but are not worn long-term. Plugs are used for the long-term and are solid when placed in the ear. Tunnels are like a ring with a hole in the middle and these are very popular because it displays the actual piercing hole, whereas the plug could be mistaken as jewelry and not a piece of jewelry that is filling a hole.Read More