The procedure, they said would often last up to 15 minutes per ear. We got started, the preparation of things needed are just short, I saw they had a paper plate with a hole in the middle, a cone-shaped paper wax or probably a linen but the texture feels hard because of the wax maybe, a lighter, water and oil.
I was asked to lie on my side then the candle (paper wax) is then inserted in the paper hole and placed on top of my ear. Make sure that the bottom end of the candle is properly positioned in the ear canal opening since the staff won’t be able to determine it, it may hurt the customer if they push hard. See below photo for illustration (right middle), then the other staff lit the top end of the wax to begin.
The lit candle creates pressure that aids to extract earwax and other residues inside my ears, I remember it felt a little bit itchy and that's all, nothing that will make you really uncomfortable during the procedure. In less than 15 minutes, my first ear is done. I think they put a few drops of oil to clean the outer of my ear before proceeding to the other ear. The same procedure is applied and when done, a staff gave my head a short massage and it actually feels good after the Ear Candling procedure.
My Over all rating is 9/10 only because of the itching that I felt during the procedure haha. But I think Ear Candling is a great alternative if you really want to release the residues accumulated in our precious ears for months because the regular cleaning using the swabs and cotton buds doesn't really clean them completely. I am also worried of using the 'spoon-like' ear stick.
Ear Candling, as I've read from an online article relieves sinus pressure and pain, improves hearing, relieves earaches and cures a swimmer's ears and other infections among others. Some may claim it's not medically proven yet to have caused the above mentioned benefits but I can say that it's safe to try but of course, don't try to do it by your self or even try doing it for someone or to your kids.
Don't risk, it is always best going to those who have enough knowledge and experience to perform the procedure. I was safe at the hands of Elite Nails' staff; they also value confidentiality of any procedures they perform to their clients :). That's it for this post; I hope you can also give a thought about ear candling. Will you be interested to try it too?