Double flared plugs and tunnels are very effective and many people love to use them. These are among the most popular jewelry types for stretched piercings. They are relatively simple but very stylish in design and they can produce great effect. These are very interesting when worn in the stretched ear piercings (commonly, but erroneously called: “gauges”).
As beautiful and effective double flared plugs and tunnels are, there is one common problem. Many people are unsure on how to put them in. It may seem complicated at first, but fear not: the process is pretty much straightforward and easy to do once you know all the necessary steps.
Before you start, you need to make a few preparatory steps. First of all, and probably the most important: make sure that your ears are completely healed up. Never try to insert an ear plug or a tunnel if your ears are not 100% healed. This is extremely important for double flared plugs and tunnels. Remember: your piercings may seemed healed even if they aren’t. Always give them a bit more time than you think it’s necessary. It’s vital that your piercings are fully healed up before you proceed.
Another thing you need to keep in mind is to be patient. Don’t rush. Just like stretching your piercing, insertion of double flared plugs and tunnels may take time. If at any point you feel pain or discomfort, or if you see the plug/tunnel just won’t fit, leave it be. It’s better to try again later than to damage your piercing. Remember: patience is important.
That being said, once you know how the process goes, you will be able to insert a double flared plug or tunnel without much problem.
To start, remove your existing jewelry and wash your hands as well as earlobes. Make sure that your jewelry is clean and body safe. It’s important to keep everything sanitized. Dry your hands and ears before you proceed.
About Double Flared Plugs
Double flared plugs and tunnels are made for stretched piercings – this is obvious by their gauge. However, that’s not all. This type of jewelry is also made for a certain type of stretched piercing, the one with enough elasticity. These are typically “older” piercings, the ones that have been stretched a while ago.
To be able to insert a double flared plug or a tunnel, it’s important that there’s enough room in your earlobe so you can manipulate the jewelry as you insert it. The piercing should be elastic and easily manipulated, which usually doesn’t happen with newly stretched piercings. This is why double flared jewelry is usually not recommended for newly stretched piercings. It’s best to wait a bit after stretching to a new size before you try a double flared jewelry.
Inserting Double Flared Jewelry
When inserting double flared jewelry (ear plugs, tunnels, earlets), what you basically need to do is to stretch your piercing to the flare’s gauge, before you settle the piercing on the smaller, middle part of the ear plug or a tunnel.
Here are all the tools and materials you’ll need:
- Paper towel
- Double flared jewelry (ear plug, ear tunnel, earlet)
To start, you need to relax your ear and to make the piercing easily stretchable and elastic. One easy way to do it is to use hot water. Moisten a paper towel with hot water and place it on your ear. Make sure to cover both front and back of your earlobe piercing. Keep the towel until it becomes cold.
Use a bit of a lubricant on your earlobe, as well as the taper and jewelry you wish to use. This will make the insertion smooth and pain-free.
Carefully, insert the smaller end of the taper into the earlobe. Push it slowly until it reaches the larger end. Line up the large end of the taper with the front rim of skin of your piercing.
Take the double flared plug or tunnel you wish to use and place it in front of the large end of the taper. Gently but firmly, press the plug toward the earlobe and push it inside, while allowing the taper to slide on the back. The plug will pass through your piercing and it will settle on the middle. You should feel a release of pressure as it settles because your piercing will shrink down to fit around the middle of the plug/tunnel.
Repeat the process for the other ear.
Never attempt to insert a double flared plug or a tunnel if the flare is more than one size larger than your current stretched size. It can lead to tearing, bleeding and ripping, and that’s definitely not something you want.
Many people choose to insert double flared jewelry without a taper. It can be done this way (by simply pressing jewelry through the stretched earlobe), and many people claim it’s their preferred method. However, using a taper makes the process easier and more comfortable. Plus, it minimizes potential tearing and other problems.
Take your time. Never force a plug or a tunnel into your ear. If you feel pain or discomfort it’s a sign you should stop.
In case you feel pain during use or if the plug/tunnel becomes “too heavy”, you should take it out immediately to avoid further problems. You may try again later.
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