Ear stretching originated from tribes in Africa, Eurasia, and other indigenous lands. It was practiced for cultural, religious, and traditional purposes. Today, it is a body modification to show individuality and stretched lobes is more of a fashion statement.
Step 1: Caution!
Before Stretching, it is important to remember that the larger you stretch, the least likely your ear hole will return to its normal size or even close up. There is a "point of no return" which is said to be between 0g, and 2g. This number can vary between different people significantly, because everyone's skin structure and elasticity is different. THIS IS A COMMITMENT! If you go too large, or your ears do not close up, the only way to get your ears to their old shape would be to get them sewn up and fixed by a plastic surgeon.
Step 2: Ear Piercing
The first step for this journey is to get your ears pierced. If you already have holes in your lobes, Congrats! If you don't, go to a local piercing/ tattoo shop. I highly recommend a professional piercer pierce your ears than anyone from Claire's or that uses a piercing gun. Piercing guns are less sanitary than a hollow needle that a piercer uses. Also the piercing needle on a gun isn't hollow. It ruptures the skin by forcing a larger hole in the lobe, while a hollow needle "cuts" the hole out of your lobes. The piercing should be done at a 16g or 14g to help the process because tapers are usually only sold in 14g and higher. It also makes the first stretch less uncomfortable. If you have normal earrings, that's okay! The typical earring size is around 20g, and you can go straight to 14g from that size. The size difference from 20-14 is fairly small. After a fresh piercing, you need to wait until it is fully healed, which takes 1-2 months. Now it's critical to consider what your stopping size might be for your ear lobes. Stretching is Addicting!
Step 3: Supplies for First Stretch
The supplies you need: - 14g Tapers and Single Flare Tunnels -Vitamin E Oil -Rubbing Alcohol