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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.
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Step 1: Caution!

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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

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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
hrvatska1 year ago

Its amazing how comment after comment is just people saying "No, no! Not for me!" Just wondering why these people would even look up this instructable in the first place?

As for bfarm, the one who made the joke about the job interview? Stretched ears are so common now that most places don't even care. Its not a health hazard in any way, and there are lots of plugs to wear to make it look like you are just wearing regular earrings if you're really paranoid about it.

To the people saying it looks too painful: looking painful and actually being painful are two very different things. Having stretched ears isn't any more painful than having a regular ear piercing. It doesn't feel like anything, it doesn't hurt; its purely aesthetic.

Anyone who wants gauged ears (or thinks they might) can easily try out the look with "fakers," regular earrings made to look like stretched ears, this kind of jewelry is commonly available at malls and online.

salute. thats what i did, i was wearing a variety of the fakes for 2 weeks before i decided to finally go through and start the process. ? And you're totally right jobs dont care about stretched ears anymore. My dad got his stretched about 6 years ago. And at first some places gave him a hard time but body mods are so common now it doesnt matter.
Amen sista

Interesting. Of course, this is a personal choice, which is not for me. I can't help wondering what they will look like when you're 80 years old !

wolfieR2 months ago

im at 10mm i had a blowout at that size i left it at a 10 and cleaned it with salt water twice a day for a week and it healed never rush please i kn ow from first hand im planning on going to a 14mm i am 16 years old and male

SaintSabrinas3 months ago

While it is possible to stretch your ears successfully yourself, it's also VERY easy to make a mistake and potentially damage your piercings permanent. Here are some thought we have on stretching with tapers:

WillyH13 months ago

im down

amiah21o24 months ago

amen! hrvatska

Matt4281 year ago

nuh uh! not for me!

too weird/painfull

O_O no thanks. Good tutorial, but no.
Civilization is just one instructable away from dancing naked around they campfire
bfarm1 year ago
Good luck with that job interview.
rickharris1 year ago
carlos66ba1 year ago
Nicely written, but looks too painful :) I will pass.
Kiteman1 year ago
Nice write-up, but it is sooo not for me!

(As for doing it for "individuality", there are days when I feel like the odd one out because I don't have modified body parts...)