What is Stretching or Gauging?

Stretching is a form of body modification in which a healed piercing is slowly expanded to accommodate a larger jewelry. In essence this is a process where you are gradually expanding the hole from an earlobe piercing. The small lobe piercing can be stretched to a much larger size when it is done appropriately. Many people refer to the stretching process as “gauging”, although the technically correct term for the act is “Stretching”. The ears are one of the most common piercings that are stretched but they are not the only piercing that can be stretched in the long run. The act of stretching has been around for thousands of years and it has been seen throughout history as a rite of passage amongst tribal cultures. Ear stretching has made its way into western cultures with its growing popularity. One common misconception about ear stretching is that you need to have other body modifications to do this. When it comes down to it, both avid body modifiers and those who only have ear piercings can stretch their ears. There is no judgement in the body modification world when it comes to stretching your ears appropriately and safely.

Girls with Stretched Ears

Stretching your ears can be done for many different reasons and it is very much an individual preference. Many people stretch their ears simply because they enjoy the process, while others enjoy the vast array of jewelry and style options that stretching allows. How wide you stretch your ears is personal choice and preference and this guide will walk you through the nitty gritty of the stretching process. Regardless of the reason for stretching, this website will help you stretch your ears properly and safely.

This is an all intensive walk-through that will answer any and all of your questions when it comes to ear stretching. These could be in the form of “Frequently asked Questions” or answered in the step by step stretching guide. Stretching your ears is a journey, it does not happen immediately, and you will be provided with a community of people who have been on a similar journey. Every stretch is different, but you will get a unique perspective on how to stretch your ears the correct way and the comfort of knowing you are not alone.


Each step of this guide will provide you with a different aspect of stretching. This includes the very basics of stretching, what you need for tools, the beginning stretches, aftercare, and what to do after you have stretched your ears successfully.

Looking to stretch or gauge your ears?

You've come to the right place! This is a step-by-step guide to the process of safely stretching your earlobe piercings..

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