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The other day we got a phone call from a waxer in Alaska. (Yes, even people who enjoy those sub-zero winters like to stay smooth.)  She has a client moving to the area and wanted to make sure she was going to be in good hands.  She read all of our great reviews on Yelp so she called to check us out. Her biggest concern was what kind of wax we use for Brazilian bikini waxing.  She was relieved when Erin told her we only use hard wax specifically designed for Brazilian waxing.

Is there really that much difference in waxes?  OMG YES!!!!

I’ve been waxing for more than 11 years.  I’ve worked in many salons, done thousands of Brazilians and used dozens of waxes.  There is a difference.

Soft wax, or strip wax, is what people think of when they think of waxing because that’s what they see in all the movies and YouTube videos.  Some sadist smears on hot wax, smooshes on the strip and then rrriipps it off in a storm of cursing, flailing and tears. I mean who hasn’t seen The 40 Year Old Virgin??

Then there’s hard wax.  It’s a lot gentler on the tender bits we like to keep smooth.  It grabs the hair and not the skin and hurts a lot less than soft wax.

Here at Cherry City Waxworks, we use hard wax for Brazilian waxing, facial waxing and underarm waxing. We use soft wax for arm waxing, leg waxing and back waxing. We strongly encouraged people looking for a new waxer to always ask what kind of wax they use.  If they tell you anything but hard wax for a Brazilian, don’t let them wax you.

Oh, you should totally check out our great reviews on Yelp!  Maybe leave one of your own….


Please read the following important COVID-19 information before you schedule your appointment:

•  Our lobby is closed until social distancing guidelines relax, so we ask that you arrive at the salon shortly before your appointment time and text us at 971-301-4854. Please wait outside or in your car until we text you that your waxer is ready to see you.


• If you have had a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms or anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 3 days, we will need to reschedule. State guidelines require that we must wait to reschedule until any or all of the following requirements: 1) At least 72 hours after symptoms have resolved without any medication 2) At least 14 days after being in contact with someone with these symptoms and/or 3) At least 14 days after being in contact with a person with COVID-19.

• Per state guidelines, we are utilizing all required Personal Protective Equipment. We are adding a temporary $5 PPE fee for each appointment until this equipment is no longer required or necessary. While we always operate at the highest cleanliness standards, we are taking all necessary measures to maintain a safe and clean environment.

• We require each guest to wear a mask while in the salon. If you are receiving facial waxing, you can remove the mask just during that service and put it back on during any other non-facial waxing services. If you forget your mask or do not have one, we have masks available.

• Unless previously arranged, only clients with appointments will be allowed in the salon and only for their appointment time.

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