Tape is the most useful household item for gauging ears without specialized tapers and plugs. This technique is called tape wrapping, and it involves wrapping one or two layers of tape around existing ear jewelry to increase its girth and gradually stretch the surrounding skin. OneTribe recommends using Teflon tape, as it does not contain the harsh chemicals found in duct tape and electrical tape.Know More
Patience is crucial to successful tape wrapping. The procedure is safe on fully-healed piercing holes that are at least six months old. Add one or two layers of tape once or twice a week until reaching the desired target gauge. Proper tape wrapping is not painful. Discomfort is an important indication that the holes are being stretched too quickly and should remain at the previous gauge for several more days.
Another method of home gauging, dead stretching, involves forcing larger jewelry into the piercing. Dead stretching is only appropriate for fully healed, healthy piercings. Like tape wrapping, dead stretching is an incremental process involving jewelry only slightly larger than the current piercing. OneTribe explains that many gauging enthusiasts use natural lubricants to help insert the larger jewelry. According to Body Jewelry Source, the best time to insert the new jewelry is after a hot shower, when skin is extremely supple.Learn more about Piercing
Dermatologist Lisa Garner M.D. advises waiting at least two weeks before participating in certain activities after having ears pierced, reports Dina Roth Port for Parents magazine. Bacteria in lake and ocean water may irritate newly pierced ears during this time when the new piercing is more prone to infection.Full Answer >
The length of time it takes earring holes to close is dependant upon how recently the person's ears were pierced. Within the first few months of a new piercing, earring holes may close in as little as a few hours without earrings to keep the holes open. Holes will stay open for several weeks or longer if they have been through many years of earring use.Full Answer >
The standard gauge size for ear piercing is 20 or 18. The gauge size refers to the diameter of the piercing, and common sizes range from 20 through 00. A smaller number means a thicker diameter, and gauge sizes that are larger than 00 are expressed as fractions.Full Answer >
The smallest gauge available for a nose stud is 20 gauge though the slightly larger 18 gauge is more common. With body jewelry, the larger the number, the smaller it is.Full Answer >