Smooth Operator

Relaxing for your waxing

People often face the prospect of removing excess body hair with apprehension, but Urban Waxx (1036 NW 18th Ave, 503-219-9299) aims to end the dread. “From the moment anyone contacts us, we try to make waxing as fearless as possible,” says Shannon Conley, who founded Urban Waxx in the Pearl in 2007. “We don’t want anyone to feel intimidated or uneasy.”

Urban Waxx also carries beauty and skin products,
including Claws Out nail polish.

Conley has since expanded to eight locations around metro Portland. Her experienced team has gained technical proficiency by focusing solely on waxing. And the company pampers clients with pre- and post-session mimosas, wine, beer, or tea, plus candy.

Urban Waxx serves women, men, and people in transition. Her team will wax anywhere but the top of your head and beards (too coarse), as long as you have three weeks of growth. The most popular service? A Brazilian—hair removal from one’s nether regions. Urban Waxx performs 35,000 of these a year. Brow and back waxing are also highly requested, as is the removal of nose hair. “Nostril waxing is the dark horse among our services,” says Conley. “It’s actually life-changing.” –A.S.