• Destiny Shamblin

Guide to Piercing and Stretching Ears at Home!

Piercing your ears:

Piercing your ears yourself can be a little painful depending on what you decide to use. I recommend you go to a professional because some piercings are not safe to do at home. If you do decide to pierce at home try to be as sanitary as possible to keep the risk of infection down. Things you will need to pierce your ears will be a needle or a piercing gun, a starter earring, a cup, ear care solution, rubbing alcohol, a marker, and cotton balls.

The first thing you will need to do is wash your hands and clean your ears to help keep down the risk of the piercing getting infected. The second thing is to sterilize your needle with rubbing alcohol and sterilize your earring with ear care solution to also help prevent infection; also, the piercing process will be better and easier if everything is clean. Once it's all clean, you will need to mark where you want the piercing to be, and make sure the mark is in line with the other mark on the other ear. You will put the tip of the needle on the mark and pierce your ear, keeping the needle as straight as possible. Once the needle is through, leave it in for five minutes so it's not so painful to stick the earring in after. Once you are ready, you can either stick your earring in behind the needle or take the needle out all together and put the earring in. It’s all up to you. Repeat the previous steps for the other ear.

If you are using a piercing gun, just make sure the mark is in the center of the clamp part on the piercing gun, and pull the trigger part. Using a piercing gun pierces it faster and less painful than using a needle. I recommend you use the gun if you have a low tolerance of pain. It also pierces your ear with the earring so no need to take anything out for awhile. Do the other ear the same, and once you have pierced both, keep them in for six weeks or however long it takes your ears to heal. Clean them regularly, and change your earring after about six weeks or after it heals.

Stretching your ears:

Stretching your ears is a form of body modification, and not a lot of people like or agree to changing or stretching anything related to their body. Stretching your ears can be kind of painful depending on your pain tolerance and can be permanent depending on how big you want to go. To stretch your ears you need a gauge/taper. A gauge is the size of the plug/taper/tunnel you use to stretch your ears. Use tapers if you are just starting to stretch your ears. Make sure you start at the smallest size, which is a 22g, 20g, or an 18g, because the smaller the number the bigger the size. When using tapers, do not pass 00g; using a taper any bigger than that can also cause a blowout or even thin spots, and that does not look healthy.

Things you will need to stretch your ears will be rubbing alcohol, tapers, oil, and plugs or tunnels. The first thing you need to do is clean your taper and your ear lobe. Make sure it's as clean as it can be, because, like piercing your ears, this can get infected, and you can have a bad blow out. Once your ear is clean, you need to oil the tapers and your ear up. Once your ear is massaged and ready to stretch, you would push the taper in your ear very slowly. It should not hurt that much, but if it bleeds, take it out immediately and let it heal. Once your ear is stretched, put in a plug or tunnel right behind the taper. DO NOT LEAVE IN THE TAPERS! Leaving in the tapers can cause an unbalanced hole, and it would be harder to stretch in the future. Make sure to clean your ear with sea salt, change the plugs/tunnels, and clean them frequently using soap. Do not size up to fast or skip sizes, and you should have healthy ears.