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You Will Need
- A very, very good friend
- A topical analgesic
- A home waxing kit with a waxing stick and muslin strips
- A lotion containing salicylic acid
- Some tolerance of pain
Meet the hair requirements
Make sure the hair is dry and at least a quarter-inch long, so it can adhere to the wax
Have your friend apply a topical analgesic to your back to desensitize your skin, lessening the sting.
Heat the wax
Heat the wax according to label instructions. The temperature should be warm, but shouldn't burn you.
Apply wax evenly
Have your friend use a waxing stick to apply the wax to a small section of your back. They should spread the wax in the direction of your back's hair growth.
Press muslin strip to the wax
Have your friend press a muslin strip into the section while the wax is still hot, leaving a half-inch of the muslin strip free to grasp when removing hair. They should stroke the strip two or three times in the direction of hair growth.
Pull strip in opposite direction
Have quickly peel the strip back in one swift motion in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Continue waxing in small sections
Your friend should continue to wax the hair in small sections until it's all gone.
Use lotion with salicylic acid last
Apply a lotion containing salicylic acid to avoid ingrown hairs. Now take your friend to lunch to show them your appreciation, while you show off your sleek back!