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A WAXING & MANICURE BOUTIQUE

 

 
 

Marjorie May is a premium waxing and manicure boutique located in NW Portland.

 

Marjorie May is a place for beauty. 

A place for laughter and family and love and respect.

Inspired by Grandma France whose intricate quilts filled many hearts with the colors, textures and patterns of her love. Each new work of art was just as different, beautiful, and cherished as the one before.  She strongly believed that we are all beautiful, we are all unique and we are all deserving of the best. Grandma France also baked the best berry pie you ever did eat!

While we don’t serve pie, we do serve up exceptional beauty. We provide the highest quality waxing and manicure services tailored to your individual needs. At Marjorie May, each guest is given the time and attention they deserve; you’ll leave looking and feeling the most uniquely handsome version of yourself. 

Rebecca is an Oregon native. She is slightly obsessed with her westie, all shades of orange and exceptional customer service.  As a licensed esthetician, she has perfected her waxing skills using only the highest quality products and has a particular fondness for Cirepil hard wax. Book a service with Rebecca and see how fun, fast, and pain free hair removal can be! 

Email: Becky@MarjorieMayPDX.com // Phone: 503.351.0721 Text messages welcome!

Contact directly for appointments outside of scheduled hours. 

Janine landed in Oregon by way of Germany, Florida and New York City. Marjorie May is elated to have this real-life pixie join the team! Janine is tiny and magical and has a consistently gentle touch. An esthetician for six years and an artist for life; her delicate, detail orientated talents include makeup artistry, photo realistic oil painting, miniature paper mache animation, and of course, body waxing and brow shaping. Janine is also a recovering vegetarian who loves exploring new restaurants often while braving the Portland dating scene. So what are you waiting for? Book your next wax with this fantastically fun Pixie!

Email: Janine@MarjorieMayPDX.com // Phone: 503.764.5251 Text messages welcome!

Pacific Northwest Native, Elizabeth, joins Marjorie May to introduce customized manicures to the service menu! In addition to being a fully licensed cosmetologist, Elizabeth also teaches cardio hula hoop, has recently become certified in Zumba, and has a doula practice that serves families in the greater Portland metropolitan area. She spends most of her down time with her beloved 10 year old Goldy, Ruby, and frequents Haiti often to visit her younger sister who has lived there for the past 6 years. Some might argue that her uncanny love affair with all things olive green is getting out of hand! Elizabeth is passionate about instilling confidence and a revived sense of self through creative mediums, such as hair and nails, honing the balance between practicality and quirk with each of her clients!

Email: Elizabeth@MarjorieMayPDX.com // Phone: 360.433.7350 Text messages welcome!

Contact directly for appointments outside of scheduled hours.

 

 

Location

1720 NW Lovejoy St. #110

Portland, OR 97209

HOURS

Mon Closed

Tue 11 am-8 pm

Wed 9 am-8 pm

Thur 11 am-8 pm

Fri 9 am-8 pm

Sat 9 am-7 pm

Sun 10 am-8 pm

***Contact directly for appointments outside of the above hours.


THE best wax I’ve ever had. And I’ve lived in Tokyo, London, [and] LA
— Violet P.
Rebecca France made my first Brazilian experience less intimidating than I ever thought possible
— Audrie W.
I walked out the doors feeling like I just kicked it with some super cool bestie of mine
— Kendra B.
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WAXING SERVICES

The perfect wax using the highest quality hard & soft waxes followed by calming aftercare products.

TINTING SERVICES

MANICURE SERVICES

Gel polish manicures and natural nail manicures include cuticle care, nail shaping, and relaxing hand massage using quality lotions in your choice of scent. Marjorie May's gel polish color swatch is comprised of charming, lovely, fun options for everyday wear or special occasions. Clean-line, customized nail art may be added to personalize your gel manicure even further! Visit our Instagram @marjoriemaypdx for a preview of our work, and always feel free to contact Elizabeth directly with special art or schedule requests!

SCHEDULING

 

Marjorie May is open Tuesday through Sunday. Please contact us directly if you need an appointment outside of the business hours listed above.

It’s easy to make, cancel or reschedule appointments for Marjorie May online through Schedulicity.  Just click on the link below!

Book now for the holiday season because appointments are filling up quickly! If you are planning for an upcoming trip or special event it’s a good idea to book several appointments out.

Salon hours are based around booked appointments. Walk-in appointments are subject to availability. Online appointments can be booked up to 12 hours in advance. Please call, text or email for same-day appointments.

Please be aware that if you arrive early for your scheduled appointment the door may be locked if we are still with the prior guest. Make yourself comfy and we’ll be with you shortly.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY & FEES

 

Marjorie May is an appointment based salon. Arriving late for scheduled appointments, late-cancellations, and skipped appointments have negative impacts on our business.

Please call or text us if you are going to be more than five minutes late to your scheduled appointment. If you are running more than 10 minutes late it is very likely that you will need to be rescheduled.

If you are unable to make your appointment, please cancel or reschedule your appointment at least 12 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. If you cancel after that time, you will be billed a $15 ‘Late Cancellation Fee’.

If you skip your scheduled appointment you will be billed a ‘No-Show Fee’ of 50% of your scheduled appointment price.

If you are billed a 'Late Cancellation Fee’ or a ‘No-Show Fee’ you will not be able to rebook until that bill is paid. 


Location

1720 NW Lovejoy Street #110

We are located in the lower level thoroughfare of an ActivSpace building. There is ample free street parking all around the building; please allow yourself time to find parking. The ActivSpace parking lot is not available for use. We can also be reached by the Portland Streetcar; nearest stop is NW Lovejoy & 18th. 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

We know waxing, we enjoy educating clients about waxing, we’re always talking about waxing, and we want you to love waxing too! Have questions that aren’t addressed here? Feel free to contact us! No question makes us giggle or blush; we’ve seen and heard it all. Becky@MarjorieMayPdx.com 503-351-0721

 

How long do I need to grow out my hair?

Your hair should be at a minimum of 3 weeks growth. The longer the hair the better so do not trim. It may seem like a long time to grow it out but it will make for a much more pleasant waxing experience and better results. Your hair can never be too long but it can be too short. It’s very important to have a minimum of ¼ inch hair growth in order for the wax to grab the hair. If your hair is too short you will be asked to reschedule.

Will my hair grow back thicker & darker?

No & no. You will notice after your first wax that your hair grows back much softer than the coarse regrowth from shaving. Keep up on waxing and your hair follicles eventually retire leaving you with hair that is finer, sparse, and slower growing. Waxing will never change the pigment of your hair.

Do I have to get naked?

Not completely naked. We will need you to undress for the area to be waxed: pants off for legs, underwear off for Brazilian, shirt off for chest/back, etc. It might be a bit uncomfortable for you, but rest assured, we do these all day long. It’s all just skin and hair to us. So, please don't feel embarrassed. We’ll do our best to put you at ease and get your service done fast!

How long will my smooth wax last?

Everyone’s results are a little different.  Our hair grows in 3 cycles each lasting around 28 days. Some people are completely smooth after their first wax, for others it can take several waxes before all of the new growth shorties come up. With regular waxing (no shaving in between!) you will eventually see smooth results that last longer and longer. 4-6 weeks between waxes is a good gauge to start with but based on your unique hair pattern, your esthetician will guide you to your ideal grow out time.

 Does waxing hurt?

Yes and no. The anticipation is the worst part but after your first wax you’ll see that it’s nothing to be frightened of. Waxing is quick and the pain does not linger; it’s more like a sting from ripping off a Band-Aid. Before you know it you’ll be done and hair-free! You can prep for your wax by taking Ibuprofen or Aleve and limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

I’m pregnant, can I still wax?

Absolutely! You might get to a point in your pregnancy when you just can’t maneuver well enough for your personal grooming. Let us help! We will help you make you as comfortable as possible during your service. Some expecting mothers experience heightened pain sensitivity during waxing due to hormonal changes; this is normal. Consult your physician for further questions before your wax.

I’m on my period, should I reschedule?

No way! Just use a tampon and we can work around the string. No biggie, it happens all of the time. Waxing during your period can heighten pain sensitivity for some people so if you prefer to reschedule we completely understand. Otherwise come on in!

Can my partner/spouse/friend come into the appointment with me?

Unfortunately no. We want your time here to be all about you. Often having someone else in the room heightens anxiety instead of easing nerves. It is also distracting to the esthetician performing the treatment. Your partner/spouse/friend is welcome to sit in the lounge and enjoy a beverage or snack while they wait. Minors are allowed to have parent/guardian in the room during service.

Can I bring my child in the appointment with me?

If you have a baby who is content in their car seat, or an older child who can entertain themselves in the lounge during your appointment, then yes. We strive to focus our attention solely on you and sometimes a curious toddler can get in the way of that. Note: the lounge is unattended so for liability concerns and safety we ask that no child under 10 be left alone.

Is there anything I need to do after my wax?

If you experience any redness feel free to use hydrocortisone. Any redness should dissipate in 1-24 hours. For the first few days after your wax avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, tanning, and highly perfumed products. Exercise or sex? Perfectly fine, just be sure to cleanse skin afterwards. Be sure not to shave in between your waxes and keep up on exfoliating and moisturizing. We can help you find your ideal exfoliating method to avoid/lessen ingrown hairs and breakouts. Moisturizing (coconut oil works great is naturally antimicrobial) helps keep the hair soft so the wax can grab it and it lessens irritation/lifting of skin during your wax.   

What kind of wax do your use?

We use some of the highest quality hard (strip-less) and soft (strip) waxes available. We love both Cirepil and Lycon hard wax for more sensitive areas such as Brazilian, bikini, face, and underarms. Hard wax melts at a lower temperature, is removed without a strip, and is gentle enough to go over areas multiple times without compromising the skin. Cirepil soft wax is used for larger areas such as legs, arms, back, and chest. Soft wax is applied thinner, removed with a pellon strip, and can be very speedy.

Is there anything that will prevent me from waxing?

Yes! You should avoid waxing if you are using Acutane, Retin-A, Differin, Renova, certain anti-biotics, and other prescription acne medications. In addition, you should post-pone waxing if you have a sunburn, had a recent chemical peel, or had a recent laser treatment. All of these have potential for skin lifting, burning, and scaring. In certain cases blood thinning medications and a diagnosis of diabetes can cause issues with waxing. Please reschedule your appointment if you are having a current herpes outbreak (open sores), pubic or head lice, scabies, ringworms, yeast infection, or pink eye. Contact us if you have questions about any medical conditions or medications prior to your appointment.