Different people have different ear sizes. What looks good on others might not give you the same result. To better understand the art of ear stretching and how it would give your ear fashion statement the best look, it’s best to know the typical ear gauge sizes.
For starters, the sizes increase as the number decreases. Most newbies at ear stretching starts at 20ga, going down to 18ga and so on. There are plenty of young adults though who shun the standards and dive directly into getting the 18ga, and later on skip sizes from an 18gauge to 12gauge. You never want to skip sizes! Your lobes will love you for not skipping sizes and also will look better because they were stretched healthy and were not rushed.
The biggest sizes for ear gauging are pegged at 0ga and double 0GAUGE. The measurements are actually based also on the jewelry you choose to place on the pierced ear, or for other cases, body parts. While these are the standard measurements for professionals, there are other skilled ear stretching pros who gauge by millimeters, like those in most European countries and Australia.
Note that the 20gauge is like any other ear piercing in size. Normally the stretching size to begin with when your. With the 20gauge, you could already use common earring pieces like jewelry. With 18gauge, you get a 5/128” or 1.0 mm hole and get rings or tunnels with equivalent size. This goes the same for all the bigger gauges you plan on stretching to later.
Once again, you never want to skip sizes and be aware that there are gauges where your ear lobes will be less likely to heal. So it is important that you consider stretching one size at a time, and the methods for gauging your ears are completely safe and free of risks.