All types of plugs and stretchers are interesting to look at, and there are so many material options there is something for everyone. But a particular style might just be the most outstanding.
Ear weights can be seen throughout history for both men and women. They can also be seen across many cultures and in many styles. Typically ornate and opulent, the ear weight could display wealth and power.
How To Safely Use Ear Weights
It is essential to know that ear weights are not a stretching tool. Many people incorrectly assume that ear weights are designed for ear stretching. The best way to stretch your ears is with tapers, not ear weights.
Ear weights will only stretch the bottom of your ear and will give a teardrop appearance of the lobe. Not only that but it may cause the skin to thin in a single area – all things you don’t want for a nice looking stretched lobe.
While ear weights look stunning, they should be worn in rotation with your usual plugs and tunnels. This will help to maintain the size and shape of your current lobe stretch. Alternatively, you can wear ear weights that aren’t too heavy. This way, you get the same aesthetic, but with less risk to your current stretch shape.
Ear weights are elaborate in nature, which is why you will almost always find ear weights are brass, silver or stone. This is because they are only recommended for stretches that have had time to heal. They aren’t designed for new piercing and stretches. And, ear weights aren’t meant to be a replacement for your regular plugs. Ear weights are an ornate adornment and better worn for a change of look, events, and just because you feel like it. But for short periods, not overnight and never in a freshly stretched ear.
Professional Ear Weights
There is a difference between wearing professionally designed and piercing shop ear weights, and random heavy objects on an earring post. Although wearing padlocks in your ears has a certain charm, it’s probably better to find padlock style ear weights instead.
Here are a few of the different ear weights that you can find:
- Keyhole weights – these weights have an opening that looks like a keyhole. The thinner part is where the ear slides through, and then the lobe sits in the circle area.
- Shield weights – shield ear weights look almost regular plugs, but they slide over the bottom edge of the stretched ear and sit on the lower edge.
- Hoop weights – an ornate circular barbell, but with more weight on it.
- Coil weights – similar in principle to hoop weights, but instead of a simple opening, they circle around themselves to make a coil shape.
It is crucial that before you purchase ear weights, you research the different types, ensure that your stretched lobe is healed, and decide if they are suitable for your piercing type. When deciding on the weights for your ears, remember that when worn regularly they will change the size and shape of your stretched lobe.