April 17, 2022 / by Alex Peace
In the world of Ear Stretching, there are two main types of plugs that are available. The two main types of plugs are the single flare and the double flare plug.
A flare is a term used to describe a part of the plug. At either one or both ends of the plug, you will have a larger size than the middle of the plug. This is known as the flare. Typically, the flare will be 2mm larger than the center of the plug. The flare is used to keep the plug in the ear.
Single Flare Plugs
A single flare plug has a flare at only one end of the plug. It will flare out from the center of the plug2mm out into the end of the plug. Typically, a single flare plug will come with an oring which is used to keep the plugin in place.
When to use a Single Flare Plug
A single flare plug is typically used when you first start stretching your ear. It is one of the most common plugs to use while stretching your ear. Typically, people will first use a taper and then use the single flare plug and glide it into place.
Types of Single Flare Plugs
Most single flare plugs look very similar to each other. The flare is only on one side. Since they are typically used while stretching your ear you should use safe materials. Typical safe materials used in single flared plugs are stainless steel, glass, and stone. Make sure you are not allergic to the material as this might cause irritation or an infection in the ear.
Double Flare Plugs
The double flare plug will have a flare on both sides of the plug. The middle will be the size your ear is currently stretched at. There will be a 2mm flare that will go out at the ends. The flare will be used to help hold your plugs in place on both the inner and outer parts of your ear.
When to use a Double Flare Plug
Double flare plugs should not be used for stretching your ears. Double flare plugs are meant for ears that have been at the same size for at least 3weeks. You want to make sure that your ears are fully healed from the last stretch. After 3 weeks your ears will have a little more elasticity. This will make it easier to get the double flare plugs into your ears. You never want to force double flares in, too much pressure could end up potentially tearing your skin, and or cause a blowout. If your ears aren't ready yet that's okay! Give your ears some time to rest. If your ears are not ready you can try out different single flare plugs or heavier plugs, like hematite.
How do you get Double flares in your stretched ear?
The first time you try to get a double flare plug in your ear you will want to take a hot shower. This will allow your ears to have my elasticity, and it will be easier to get the double flare into your ears. Next use a natural oil like jojoba oil. You can put the oil either in your ear or the plug itself.
There are a few different methods to get double flare plugs into your ears. We have found the easiest method is known as the button method. It's a simple technique. Start out by putting the bottom of the plug inside your ear. The ear should be on the inside of the plug (not the flare). Next, pull down and pop the top of the plug into your ear just like a button.
There should be little to no pain associated while putting in your double flare plugs. If you experience intense pain or bleeding stop. You are not ready for this size plug. Let your ears heal or stretch more or check to see you are putting in the proper size.
Double flare plugs often have more style and selection than single flare plugs. They are more secure in your ears than single flare plugs. Since your ears are healed you can use different types of material. You can still use stainless steel, glass, and stone, but you can also use organic materials like wood or horn. You will see better quality and more artistic plugs when you start using double flare plugs.
Two Feather Plugs also sells different shaped double flare plugs. Some of our common shapes are teardrops, coffins, triangles, and saddles. Typically, these shaped plugs are worn after you have been using your double flare plugs for about a month. The round plugs should be pretty easy to get in and out of your ears. Double flared-shaped plugs are a little more difficult to put in than round so you want to make sure your ears are elastic enough to fit the plugs.