How to Cover Ear Gauges

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How to Cover Ear Gauges
Some employers frown upon gauged ears and other body modifications. (Sexy tattoo man image by MAXFX from

Ear gauges, also called plugs or tunnels, are earrings that stretch the ear lobe past its natural size. Starting with a 16 gauge (.051 inch) piercing, people with gauges can graduate to larger and larger earrings, sometimes stretching their ear lobes to the point of no return. Zero gauge (.33 inch) holes can shrink back to normal, but removing larger plugs can leave a grotesque and sometimes foul-smelling hole. If you have a job interview or other situation coming up that requires you to appear conservative, there are several things you can do to camouflage your ear gauges.

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Things you need

  • Flesh-toned plug retainers
  • Clip-on earrings

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    Remove your plugs a week before your job interview. If your ears are stretched to 0 gauge or smaller, the hole will shrink to a barely noticeable hole over the course of a few days.

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    Choose a pair of conservative clip-on or magnetic earrings to wear if you are still worried about visible holes.

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    Take a hot shower before replacing your ear gauges. You may have to wear a smaller gauge size than normal and work your way back up to your usual size.

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    Remove your plugs the day of your job interview.

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    Wash your ear lobes thoroughly to remove discharge and odour.

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    Insert flesh-toned silicone retainers the same size as your normal ear jewellery. This will make your holes less noticeable.

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    Style your hair so that it covers your ears.

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