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Stretching Ears with Tape: A Guide

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Stretching earlobes is a popular practice that involves gradually increasing the size of ear piercings to accommodate larger pieces of gauged ear jewelry. While there are several methods for stretching ears, one option is to use tape.

Here at PlugYourHoles, we carry ear stretching kits and aftercare products to help you along your ear stretching journey, but we also want to be your guide when stretching ears and help with the information needed to safely stretch.

In this article, we'll explore the basics of ear stretching with tape, including the materials used, the stretching process, and what to look out for when you stretch your ears.

The Taping Method for Stretching Ears

The tape wrapping method process involves gradually increasing the size of the earlobe hole over time by adding layers of tape to the jewelry. This process can be repeated until the desired size is reached. Though keep in mind, it's important to note that ear stretching is a slow and gradual process and should not be rushed.

When using tape to stretch ears, the most commonly used material is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tape, also known as Teflon tape. This kind of tape is strong, hypoallergenic, and resistant to temperature changes, making it an ideal choice for ear stretching. PTFE tape is also stretchy, which allows it to easily conform to the shape of the earlobe and provide a secure fit.

Alternatively, you could also use electrical tape or bondage tape instead as they both serve the purpose of being great and inexpensive tape for the tape wrapping method.

❗Remember to use the right kind of tape and regularly clean the stretched ears to promote healthy healing.

The Ear and Ear Stretching Risks to Avoid

The ear is an important part of the body and plays a vital role in our ability to hear and maintain balance. When it comes to ear stretching, it's important to consider the health and well-being of the ear.

There are potential risks and benefits to consider when stretching ears. On the one hand, taping can be a safe and effective method for stretching ears when done properly, but on the other hand, it's important to be careful to avoid over-stretching or tearing the earlobe.

While ear stretching with tape can be safe when done properly, it's important to be aware of the potential risks. Over-stretching or tearing the earlobe can cause pain and damage to the ear resulting in an ear blowout which is common when stretching too fast. Improper cleaning can lead to infections, too, resulting in a blowout.

It's also important to follow proper stretching techniques to ensure a safe and successful stretching experience. Consider the health and well-being of the ear when deciding to stretch and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and successful experience.

Ear Stretching Tips for Increasing Hole Size with Tape

When it comes to ear stretching, size is an important consideration. Stretching the ears involves gradually increasing the size of the earlobe hole to accommodate larger pieces of jewelry, and the final size will depend on the your preference for which type of jewelry you wish to wear. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Start with smaller sizes and gradually increase the hole size over time, as this allows the earlobe to adjust to the stretching process and reduces the risk of tearing or over-stretching.

  • Wrap 1 or 2 layers of tape around your plugs every 3-4 days to gradually work your way up to your next size.

  • Never use *masking tape!

*Because there are holes in the masking tape so your ears can get more bacteria from the stickiness.

It's important to be patient and to enable the earlobe time to heal between stretches to ensure a healthy and successful stretching experience. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to ear stretching, and the appropriate size for one person may not be suitable for another. Be mindful of your ear gauge sizes and to be patient by allowing the earlobe time to heal between stretches to ensure a successful experience.

Ready to start stretching?

Whenever you're ready for actual stretching you can choose the Taping Method to stretch which should be fine in helping you stretch to a bigger size. Alternatively, you can also opt for an ear stretching kit or use tapers which will help with stretching your ears. If you have any questions, contact us and we will be happy to help.