How to Stretch Your Ears: FAQs
How to Stretch Your Ears: FAQs

When looking for a way to stretch your ears safely you tend to come across a lot of different methods and materials to use. Everyone has their own preferred way and opinions on how it should be done. Whichever way you decide to use to stretch your ears, always remember that stretching correctly shouldn’t hurt or irritate your ears.

When stretching your ears, take your time and always remember to listen to what your body is trying to tell you – if you find yourself in any pain or discomfort consult your local piercer.

Q: What size can I stretch up to and my ears still close up?

If you want your ears to totally close up the majority of professionals in the piercing industry suggest not to stretch larger than 6-8mm. However, it is important to bear in mind that everyone’s ear and bodies are different and you may find that you’re able to stretch to 10-12mm and no permanent stretched hole remain.

If you’re thinking you may not want stretched ears in the future then maybe stretching isn’t for you. Alternatively we also offer fake plugs which give the illusion of an 8mm stretched ear and all you need is standard lobe piercing. People may criticise fake plugs but it’s your body and your decision.

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If you do stretch to a larger size and decide you no longer like the look then there is a surgical option to correct your lobe(s).

Q: How long should I wait between each stretch?

Stretching too fast or skipping sizes can damage your lobes which will result in permanent damage. Patience is the key – it’s important to wait at least a month in between stretches to help prevent damage and allow your ears to stretch instead of tear. Give your ears time to heal between each stretch – although it might be tempting to stretch faster in order to get to your goal size quicker, you ears will be healthier in the long run if you take your time.

Q:How do I stretch my ears?

Below are the various methods that can be used in stretching your ears. However, it is important to do your own research in order to make an educated and fully-informed decision. Don’t be afraid to ask a professional piercer for advice!



A taper is a straight object that is small at one end and larger at the other and inserting a taper from the smaller end and gradually making your way to the larger end will stretch your ear. Tapers are available in various sizes and materials and acrylic tapers are often the most affordable and, arguably, the most popular way to stretch your ears. However as acrylic is porous it therefore cannot be sterilised. Steel tapers are of higher quality and can be autoclaved and sterilised in order to stretch hygienically.

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Bondage Tape

When you reach a larger size of stretched ears one method that is often used is “the taping method”. This works by wrapping the tape around your plug to increase the size. By doing this 2 or 3 times a week this will slowly increase the size of your stretched ears. Taking this slow will prevent a long healing time and any issues received from stretching using tapers. The taping method is slower than using tapers but will gradually increase your stretch with lower risks.

Jojoba Oil

When it comes to stretching your ears Jojoba oil is a great product to aid the process. Rich in Vitamin E Jojoba oil is not only great for looking after your plugs but is equally healthy for your skin. When used over time it works great at softening the skin, reducing scar tissue and thickening lobes. Grab a bottle for yourself here: