Social Media Battle - Advice for Stretching your Ears
Aug 12, 2022 / by Alex Peace
Over the last few years, I have seen our customers voice their opinion on what is the "Correct" way to stretch your ears. I have heard every possible way to stretch your ears is the wrong way. So if every way is wrong it might get confusing what is the "Correct" way to stretch your ears? The truth is there are several ways to stretch your ears. It will vary depending on the individual. People will post on Social media that their way is the "Correct" way. But every journey will be different. This is why we always suggest going to an Experienced Professional. They will be able to assess your ears and decide the correct material, the correct method, and the elasticity of your ears. It is important that this person is experienced and not just starting off. You want your ear to stretch properly so find a professional with experience.
What is the right material to stretch your ears with?
Just yesterday I read someone comment on social media that you should never stretch your ears with stainless steel. There was no reason why. Just that you shouldn't do it. I watched as others started to chime in and the argument pursued of "what material is proper for stretching your ears." People have been stretching their ears successfully with stainless steel for years. They are a safe alternative, but on social media, people will argue every material is wrong.
The most popular material lately has been glass. This is one of the safest materials to stretch your ears as well as stainless steel. Here are the three most popular materials to stretch your ears with...
Some people may have allergies to Stainless Steel or Titanium, but if you do not have an allergy to this material these are all the safest ways to stretch your ears. You want to stay away from Acrylic, Silicone, and Organic material (wood, bone, horn). As these, all are prone to bacteria and or problems with stretching your ears. Although it is possible to stretch with any material the best material to stretch your ears with are glass, titanium, and stainless steel.
Abalone Steel Ear Saddles (Pair)
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Black Stainless Steel Tunnels (Pair)
Advice - What is the correct method to stretch your ears?
This is another ongoing battle on social media. Our number one preferred method is going to an experienced professional. If you are persistent with refusing to see a professional for some reason, our next preferred methods are using tapers and dead stretching. On social media customers have told us both methods are wrong. What I have found is that customers are always on one side or the other. Either they are on team dead stretching or they are on team ear tapering. A lot of the time customers did not use tapers or dead stretch properly during their ear stretching journey. If the experience goes badly for them then of course they will not recommend that method. The biggest mistake that everyone seems to make is that they move too fast. The key to everything with ear stretching is MOVE SLOWLY. If you can have patience either of these ways of stretching your ears can work for you. For more information please click Dead stretching versus Ear Tapering
Silicone Plugs should or should not be used?
If you post a picture on social media of you wearing silicone plugs chances are that you will receive a comment that says you should NEVER use silicone. Most likely that person who commented has a horrible story to add regarding why silicone plugs destroyed their stretched ears. So is it safe to wear silicone plugs? The simple answer is yes, unless you are in the stretching process. Silicone plugs are some of the easiest and most comfortable plugs on the market (and cheapest :). But NEVER use them to stretch your ears only when your ears are healed and at the gauge size, you are after. For more information please click Why you should not stretch your ears with silicone plugs.
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