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Ear Gauges Care

Stretching your ears properly and safely can take a long time - from the initial stretch to waiting weeks or even months between sizes. Once you’ve reached your goal size, or a size on the way that you’ve been sitting comfortably at for a while, the job is not over. Here are some simple ear stretching maintenance tips and techniques to keep your stretched ears looking their best.

When thinking about stretched ear maintenance we mean how to keep your plugs clean and massaging your ears.

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Gauges Point of no Return

The point of no return when thinking about ear stretching is a term that is used to define the point at which you may be able to stretch your piercing (typically speaking about ears, but stretching other piercings have their own point of no return) that when you take out the plugs for an extended period of time it will not shrink back to fit a smaller size of jewelry.

So what is the point of no return for stretched ears?

Every body is different when it comes to healing. You might know someone who was able to stretch their ears to a large size and they were still able to comfortably downsize back to a smaller size. Or you might know someone who stretched to a minimal size that was stuck at that size.

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Ear Stretching Ear Weights

Ear weights look so cool, don’t they? But when it comes down to weights there’s a lot more to know than you might think. Not knowing what’s a misconception and what is a fact may lead you down the road of blood loss to your ear lobe, awkward and uneven stretching and even shrinking your ear altogether! Keep reading to avoid wearing ear weights the wrong way!

And if videos are more your style, be sure to check out our video on the topic for another easy guide to wearing ear weights.

They are Not a Stretching Tool!

A common misconception about ear weights is that they’re made for stretching your ears. All ear weights are is another accessory for your ear. If you’re looking to stretch your ears you’re better off using plugs or tunnels.

The way ear weights work in terms of stretching, is that they will only stretch the skin on the very bottom of your ear lobe.

When stretching your ear you would want to avoid this. Stretching the entire diameter of the ear is super important because otherwise this may lead to breakages when the skin begins to thin and even scarier loss of blood flow which may lead to the skin dying off.

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Ear Stretching: Now and Then

Stretched Ears in Ancient History

Ear stretching is an ancient tradition that has been practiced by many cultures across the world. In some, it was meant to indicate the strength and ranking of men in a tribe: the larger the bone or piece of wood, the higher their importance. For women, ear stretching typically signaled a girl's arrival at womanhood and maturity.

In some tribes it was purely a practice of beautification. The stretched earlobes were a sign of beauty and decorative jewelry was proudly worn. Still other cultures stretched their ears for religious purposes. The Mayans believed that leaving spacers in the ear were a way to let the spirits into the body. The two oldest documented cases of ear stretching are Ötzi the Ice Man in 3300 BC and the Egyptian King Tutankhamen in 1323 BC. While the practice of ear stretching has dwindled in many of the tribes in which it originated, it is still practiced today in modern culture.

The Modern Practice of Ear Stretching

Today, ear stretching also known as gauging, is practiced mostly for beauty and aesthetic, but there are also still those who use it for spiritual or ritualistic gains. The practice has grown in popularity since the 90s and recent trends have edged it into mainstream fashion for the teenage and young adult generations. Members of many of today's popular alternative bands have stretched ears, which probably contributes to both the allure and the popularization of the look among the younger wearers. This isn't to exclude other age groups by any means. Many of the pioneers in the early days of ear stretching are all grown up and are now large lobed adults and even parents! Historically, the goal was to have very large stretched ears. Now, people wear varying sizes to their own preference. There is also a much more diverse selection of jewelry that can be worn now.

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Stretched Ears

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.

Stretching Process

The first thing is to make sure you have a licensed and reputable piercer begin the process of ear stretching with you. ManyGirl With Gauges 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.

Stretching Tools

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.

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