All About Soap Awards, Hollyoaks Winners!
A big well done to Hollyoaks who have picked up three awards, more than any other soap!
Best storyline- Esther’s bullying.
Forbidden lovers- Brendan and Ste.
Best stunt- Enjoy the ride storyline.
A massive congratulations to Jazz Franks, Kieron Richardson, Emmett Scanlan, And all involved in the ‘Enjoy the Ride’ stunt.
Big love, EmmettFans. Xo
Here is your proper guide to stretching earlobes
This is the ear stretching guide I wrote for the Ask A Professional Piercer group on Facebook.
Here is a little guide to help you along while stretching your piercings. The majority of these tips will especially help while stretching earlobes in particular, and the advice or time frames may be different for different piercings. This guide is in no way fact, only suggestions from reputable body piercers. Things may be different in your circumstance because everyone’s body is different!
First things first is jewelry quality. Stick with implant grade materials such as 316LVM ASTM F-138 steel or ASTM F-136 titanium, glass, and also certain stones have proven to be safe to stretch with. Avoid lower quality metals (especially ones sold in common mall chain stores), avoid stretching or even wearing acrylic jewelry, avoid stretching with organics such as woods, and avoid stretching with silicone! All jewelry for initial stretches should be single flared or no flared. DON’T STRETCH WITH DOUBLE FLARED JEWELRY!!
Second thing would be time frame in between stretches because so many people get this part wrong. We generally recommend waiting a minimum of 6-8 weeks in between each stretch although you might find yourself having to wait 3 months or longer. The big thing here is to listen to your body. If you’re noticing pain or any sort of bleeding, you’re stretching too quickly. If this happens, stop, downsize to your previous size and just wait longer.
You shouldn’t need tapers to stretch your earlobes so avoid stretching kits, chances are they’re coming with low quality jewelry anyway. And if you do decide to use a taper, keep in mind that tapers are not jewelry, they are not meant to be in the body any longer than it takes to push through the skin and followed behind with jewelry. Wearing a taper as a piece of jewelry will cause a lot of pressure on the back and bottom of your lobe and can cause it to thin out.
Another common method for stretching would be the “taping” method. In most cases, this can be completely unnecessary and avoidable. But if this is the method you choose, tapes without adhesives such as teflon, PTFE, or bondage tape can be used. This method involves wrapping a thin layer of tape around the jewelry every so often to help slowly increase the size of the jewelry and thus, your piercing.
Some tips along the way include frequent massaging. When your piercing has healed enough after your most recent stretch to the point where you can comfortably remove your jewelry for at least a few minutes at a time, it is greatly beneficial to gently massage the tissue. The most common oil recommended to massage with is jojoba oil. Massaging works so well because it helps increase blood flow to the area and helps promote new cell growth. Another great tip is to not be afraid to purposely downsize. Although you’re probably eager to get to your goal size, downsizing can be a great option to keep your lobes thick and healthy.
Overall, the best method for stretching we’ve found is time. The longer you wait in between stretches, the easier it should be and the healthier your piercings will be in the long run. Stretching should be a long and slow process. Enjoy the ride, no need to rush. Each size has its benefits and different types of jewelry selections. If you should have any questions regarding stretching your piercing, feel free to ask in this group or of course you could ask your local reputable body piercer.