A couple of days ago, I had to wear a dress with a tiny strip and figured I could not wear it with a bra, as I would usually do. I was hell-bent on wearing that particular dress so leaving myself with not much of a choice, I decided to try boob tapes for the first time. Here’s how my experience went.
Buying The Boob Tape
Purchasing the boob tape itself was an interesting experience. First of all, it turns out not a lot of stores stock boob tapes (I wonder why) so I had to visit 3 stores before I eventually found one. In one of the stores I walked into, I asked one of the attendants what stall I could get the boob tapes. She looked at my breasts and then into my eyes and asked, with a lot of amusement, “But ma with the way you’re heavy, what are you still packing?”
Firstly, major eye-roll. Secondly, boob tapes can be alternatives to bras, and aren’t just used to “package” breasts to look bigger or fuller. At this point, I was visibly exhausted and just asked her if they had any. They didn’t.
At the third store, I purchased the AOCDSY boob tape for NGN7,000.
Testing the Boob Tape
Like any first-timer, I deep-dived into videos that could help me figure out how to wear the tape. After a couple of replays, I figured out how to wear it to get the perfect lift I needed. Very grateful to the women who go the extra mile to show us how to practically wear one.
Wearing the Boob Tape
On the D-day, I cut out the piece I needed and attempted to follow the video tutorials I had watched earlier. I put on the boob tape and it was somewhat comfortable but wasn’t as neat-looking as they made it look in the videos. I had to patch it almost everywhere. It was a bit exhausting getting the perfect lift but somehow, I did. I put on my dress and it was giving what it was supposed to… at least from the outside.
I was initially skeptical about the hold of the boob tape, especially because I was going to be doing some dancing later that night. Godforbid that I start my dance moves in the middle of the dance floor and the tape just rips or falls off. Oh the embarrassment. Fortunately for me, the tape stayed put. I danced and had a good time and didn’t even realize I was wearing a tape.
C for Comfort and 9/10 for how much of a strong hold it had.
Taking Off the Boob Tape
After wearing the tape for about 6 hours, I got back into my room, exhausted and just ready to sleep. Unlike a bra, which I would just have unclipped and flung somewhere, this was boob tape – so it was different. The instructions on the tape said to put some oil or moisturizer over it before taking it off. I grabbed some coconut oil and rubbed a generous portion and left it on for a few minutes. I then proceeded to tear off the boob tape only to experience what I can only describe as top-tier pain. A sleep deprived and tipsy version of me wasn’t helping matters either because I seemed to have a lower threshold for pain.
Taking off the boob tape was painful. It was like waxing a very fresh and delicate skin if that makes any sense. I would pull one end of the tape and wait for 30 seconds to muster strength to pull off another part. I thought I was bracing up to the pain and taking it in like a big girl, but that was until I had to pull it off my nipples. The horror!
So there I was at 2am, half asleep and tipsy with a bottle of coconut oil in one hand, asking myself who actually sent me.
In summary, after giving myself a much-needed pep talk about no pain no gain, and oiling up some more, I eventually took off the tape.
Here’s What I Would Advise
Use nipple covers first – I do think if I had used nipple covers before applying the boob tape, peeling it off might have been less painful.
Use a lot of oil – The more oil I applied, the easier it was to pull off.
Would I Use It Again?
Short answer, maybe – because it did make my boobs look flattering. Long answer, it seems very toxic to go back to what caused me so much pain so I’ll try other alternatives to bras and see if I find anything better before giving boob tapes another chance. The pain I experienced while taking it off was excruciating!