If you have taken the time and effort to stretch your ears and achieve one of body piercing’s most extreme and sought after fashions, it’s time to get some real jewelry into those lobes! There is a huge array of great styles to choose from and with that in mind we wanted to create an article that serves as a guideline for the best stretched ear jewellery choices on the market.
Once your ear piercing is wide enough to fit a plug (a solid block of varying shapes that can fit into the flesh of your earlobe) or flesh-tunnel type piercing( most often a circular ring with a hole you can see through) the options are nearly endless! Even the expanders themselves (used to stretch the skin wider and wider) come in a huge array of styles, shapes, materials and sizes. Plugs can also be made in organic or inorganic materials, and inset with everything from images to precious stones
Moving to ear gauges and tunnel piercings means that you shouldn’t stretch too fast in the name of safety – ALWAYS consult your piercer and buy from a reputable supplier whose materials are safe and certified.
Wide gauge earrings come in a variety of styles but basically consist of a large hooked or spiral earring without a fastener that simply slides snugly into whatever size of ear piercing hole you have, and is fixed there by the tightness of the skin. They can bemade out of a variety of organic piercing materials as well as inorganic– examples being glass, horn, bone, wood and a variety of other standard materials such as stainless steel or silver. Quite often these pieces may be handmade, and a great variety styles can be found within this category. Care should be taken not to choose too large a gauge, and ears should be stretched gently as per your piercer’s guidance. What dangles from the hook or spiral that goes in your ear piercing is limited only by the creator’s imagination.
All your piercings require care, but none more so than stretched ear lobes – this is an extreme form of body modification and should be treated with respect! Special stretching tape should be used on your earlobes in order that the skin does not split or stretch too quickly. This can reduce the chance of injury and speed the healing process. Various oils, moisturisers and soaps are available made specifically with stretching in mind – you certainly should avoid any normal commercial products that can cause drying. Examples of useful products to use on your stretched ears are vegetable glycerine soap – a great alternative to soap that keeps your skin supple and sanitised – emu oil, to give your skin an extra elastic bounce, jojoba and tea tree oil – both great at moisturising while keeping your skin free of infection!
With care you can stretch your ears to the maximum, and your choice of stretched ear piercing jewelry will sit comfortably for many years.
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