Plugs…

Ok so im in a blogging mood today… well in reality i don’t want to have to study for the science test i have on monday and blogging is fun coz i just lay on my bed, type hopefully helpful stuff, and jam out to kpop radio on my iPhone… therefore I’m going to be doing a lot of blogging this weekend…

well, not too long ago when i was asked to join this blog, Shawna suggested i talk about my plugs… so I’m going to follow her advice and do it! so i mentioned my plugs in my last blog… and I’m going to go into specifics now. Before we start i want to say that plugs are not these terrible things and (in my opinion) look nice within a range of sizes…

Ok first things first, sizes… plugs are measured in a scale called gauges, the larger the number the smaller the size (i believe this is the same with wire). normal earrings (the ones you get your ears pierced with for example) are usually either 18 or 20 gauge. the plugs I’m wearing are 6 gauge, the ones your supposed to start (for stretching) with are 14 or 12 gauge. now in my opinion stretching bigger then 00 looks bad, but that is just me. here is a picture of one of the plugs i have on hand (6G):

i have 2 pairs and I’m wearing one of each, this is one of the ones I’m not wearing…

i don’t know the specifics, but if your interested you can probably find a sizing chart for the exact measurements of different gauges… now another thing is that the actual earring is not called a “gauge” it is called a plug, or a taper (depending on the type you have). a plug (what I’m holding in the pic above) have a flat front and back, where as a taper is flat on one side and pointy on the other… a taper is what you use to stretch your ears, it tapers from the actual size to a  very small point that can fit in smaller holes… heres a pic of one if you can’t picture it (I’m not too good at explaining):

tapers in the bag i bought them in from a local shop… these are 6G as well

For those of you who are interested, there is going to be a lot of bad/incorrect stuff you find around the web, and i can’t say I’m perfectly correct, but i hope what i say is helpful. now I’m gonna say this through hypocrisy… don’t start any bigger than 12G, or your at risk of a blow out… from what I’ve heard its really bad if that happens, but i don’t know enough to say much and don’t want to give false info… another thing is that you shouldn’t go any bigger for at least 6 weeks… i left mine for at least 3 months, but thats coz i kinda forgot i had them in and was too cheap to buy new tapers. one thing i would suggest is buying a stretching kit from one of the plugs websites, its something i really wish i had done. a site i have used before is “body jewelry source” which was pretty good…

From what i have gathered, putting jojoba oil on your ears is supposed to really help, but i never did and my ears are fine… now something i did that i haven’t read about any wear is kinda numbing your ears a little with antiseptic solution… it made the process painless (basically) and cleaned my ears as well…

i got this in Shoppers Drug Market… but you can prob get it in most health/drug stores… this is the antiseptic i use

i put it on a cotton round and held it on both sides of the earring hole for like 10 seconds to clean and numb… a couple other things i want to go over…

  • NEVER skip sizes… ever! It can cause real damage to your ears! The sizes are set up so they don’t cause damage and the jump between sizes increases as they go up…
  • sizes  go in twos… like clothes so don’t get upset if you can’t find 11G plugs… but i think as the sizes get higher this might change… i think I’ve seen 3G plugs, but I’m not sure..
  • don’t feel pressured to go bigger if your comfortable where you are, also it isn’t a race… go at your own pace 🙂

I want to say that wearing tunnels won’t make people judge you, but i can’t make promises… one more thing is the types of plugs there are…

Generally speaking there are 4 types, but i think some higher end companies sell 5… for this blog I’m just going to describe the 4 most common ones…

  • Tapers: these are what you use to stretch your ears… I’ve already described these so ya…
  • No Flare Plugs: these are flat on both sides like the ones I’m wearing, but are completely flat… a cylinder… they have a rubber band on both sides to keep it in/on the ear… one band goes on one side, the other on the other side of the ear, just to clarify…
  • Single Flare: these have one side that is larger than the plug size to keep the plug on (this is the side that goes on the front of the ear) and one side that is the normal size and needs a band to keep it on the ear… these are the easiest to get it and best for when you have just stretched your ears…
  • Double Flare: on these, both sides are bigger then the plug size, removing the need for bands to keep then on. they are more painful to put on, and really shouldn’t be worn until the ear has healed after each stretching… also make sure the edges are smooth, otherwise it hurts to take them out (or can be)

well thats everything i can think of… sorry for the lack of pictures, but there isn’t much to show… i know its a lot to read, but i hope this helped anyone who had any questions…

One more thing i want to say before i go is that stretching your ears can be reversible… as long as you haven’t stretched them past a point of no return, and from what I’ve gathered this is different for everyone. Also, not everyone who has plugs is a drug doing punk, outcast weirdo, or bad person overall… therefor it really bothers me when people judge because of the way i choose to express my personal style, and i ask if you got nothing out of this post whatsoever and have no interest in plugs, please don’t judge the kids you see with stretched ears, because they could be really nice people… this actually goes for everything; plugs, tattoos, face piercings, or anything else our modern society hasn’t learned to accept yet. i know this seems oddly down to earth of me to say, but prejudices really bother me and i encourage each and every person to find their own individual style and look!

Thank you so much for reading and make sure to submit your questions through email or twitter!

Style, Sense and Swag

Jocelyn xx 🙂

 

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