I don't want man hands but I want to do chin-ups and pull-ups
How can I keep my hands soft and callus-free while working my way up to pull-ups and chin-ups? I went to the park to attempt them and it hurts the skin on my hands and brings back old memories of being a kid and always having little white calluses on my palms at the base of every finger and having them get blistered and tear off now and then. I really do not want that. Would using gloves be cheating? Would it even work? I don't want man hands full of calluses.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 157.5 x 2