Whatever is convenient for you and gives you the best results. I hear lots of piercers telling clients to soak everything. While that may be great theoretically, I don’t feel that it’s realistic for someone to stick their nose or ear in a cup of saline 3 times a day. If spraying works for you, then go ahead and spray it. Whatever will allow you to clean the piercing when you should, and clean it consistently is what you want to do. You can also do a combination. Spray during the day when you’re at work or school, then soak it when you’re home and have more time.
My old hack of a piercer pierced my nipples at 16g with a curved barbell, it was about 7 months ago and I would really really wanna go up to the normal 14g size, any tips on how to do it and with what? I don't have a piercer I can go to right now.
If you haven’t, then you should change to appropriate jewelry, 16g straight barbells (7/16” to 9/16” is typical wearable, when stretching go with a 9/16”) for a few more months. Even though some sources say to wait 6 months after an initial piercing, I think it’s best to wait at least 9 months to a year before attempting to stretch it.
At a small size like that, threaded tapers are amazing. If you do use them make sure the threading on the taper matches your barbell. Unless you are using a regular concave insertion taper or dead stretching it with a captive bead ring.
Be sure to clean the area first. Take a shower. It will make the stretch easier. After the shower, get your materials ready. The taper (if you’re using one), jewelry and proper lubrication (I love using surgi-lube). I highly suggest wearing surgical gloves even though I know most people won’t. Only take one ball off the barbell, you’d be surprised how often people take both off and end up complicating the process.
Get some lubricant on the taper or CBR and slowly push it through the fistula (hole). Stretching doesn’t need to be done in one quick push, especially with such a sensitive area.
If you are using a taper, when it gets about 3/4 or maybe a bit farther through, but the jewelry against it and push them together to make a secure connection.while holding them like this, push the barbell through. When its in, Make sure the balls are screwed on all the way.
If using a CBR, the bead can be a bit complicated to get on, as the area will most likely be sensitive. Just be patient with it. :)
Sorry for writing a book, I just wanted to cover all the basics I could.
What should I use to stretch my nipples?
I always suggest 3” or 4” concave insertion tapers, preferably from Anatometal or Industrial Strength. Though economy (concave insertion) tapers can work in a pinch. Never use those cheap flat ended tapers. They are just… don’t use them.
If you are under a 8g (3mm) then you could dead stretch with captive bead rings. After 8g you’ll want to taper it though. Since the gaps become 1mm instead of .5mm. Unless you want to get custom PTFE barbells or use long glass plugs for in-between sizes. There are tapers for in between sizes too. :)
Always remember to lubricate your taper/ jewelry. Don’t skip sizes. Allow ample time between stretches (2-3 months). Go slow, it’s not a race.
And if you need help, your local piercer should be able to stretch it for you. Most likely they will charge for this, though. & don’t forget to tip your piercer. :)
Alan Oversby- aka Mr. Sebastian- was a strong influence in the early piercing community and most certainly one of the most well respected UK Piercing artists. He was arrested as part of the infamous ‘Spanner’ case which prosecuted men into consensual S/M and body piercing and was the piercer/tattoo artist for Genesis P-Orridge (who’ used his vocals in the Psychic TV track “Message from The Temple” which appeared on their first album Force the Hand of Chance.)
This photo was taken when Sailor Sid Diller visited the UK in the early 1980s and was originally shared on the SPCOnline site in 1998.