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My WW Article in Best of Portland 2018!

I was beyond ecstatic yesterday waiting for the Willamette Weekly article to arrive! I tried really hard to keep it a secret because I wasn't really sure if it was actually going to happen. There have been times when I have been interviewed for a piece that doesn't get published for various reasons. Of course I have had pieces like this Portland Monthly Article that was such a great experience as well as others!

It was also "The Best Of" issue and I chose not to participate in the competition this year... and usually just don't. But I got recognized for doing my thing! Very honored to have been noticed for just doing me and really appreciate all my supporters who have encouraged me since the beginning to be myself. 

"The Best Gender-Affirming Waxing Salon" without having to compete. :)

"The Best Gender-Affirming Waxing Salon" without having to compete. :)

This type of salon was thought to be a really "out there" idea to a lot of people when I initially shared my ideas for Babe Wax. But it really isn't!  People should be treated fairly and with great love and care no matter what kind of body they have! Estheticians should understand that even brow waxing can be a brave step for someone. Sure, being nice to trans people or being able to ask people's pronoun is a great start, but the deep understanding of body waxing as body work is what I want to instill in the beauty industry.

I am so blessed to have clients that come to me for their first wax because no other place felt safe enough. So many of them were brave enough to show up to their appointment even though their previous experience was triggering. I'm honored they thought of me as a worthwhile attempt. I strive to make everyone feel welcomed and like a babe because everyone deserves that experience. 

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U R A BABE!!!!
<3 Mads

What inspired WaxFund? Plus... Updates!

Hello everyone! I have been working away at launching WaxFund for the past few months. I had our official "soft launch" about a month ago and have been able to raise a good amount of funds and obtain several applications. Our first round of WaxFund clients have been randomly selected and have started to receive services.  Thanks to all who made it possible!

As a new business owner, taking on WaxFund has been a challenge while I am still learning how to run my own salon at the same time. But this is something I wanted to start because of its truth to who I am as an esthetician and why I do what I do. It has been a journey finding out just how important hair removal can be for some as well as simply providing a non-judgemental, accepting, and knowledgeable salon space. I'd like to share a little bit of how I came to this place.

Before I started Babe Wax, I was working out of a bigger chain salon. I marketed my services to my community which was mostly made of folks who may not usually frequent such a nice salon. This included queer and trans folks. My first few trans clients who displayed such euphoria receiving their first waxes was such a bright light for me. I have no one but these first few clients to thank for educating me on the effects of hair removal and how important it was to provide a respectful space. I'm beyond stoked I have been able to bring together my personal ethics around gender, bodies, and identities and meld them with a skill like waxing.

When I opened Babe Wax, I received inquiries about reduced priced services, sliding scale, etc. I would have to decline because I did not have any extra resources to give as I was still working hard to get the business's basic needs met. I was lamenting this to a client one day and she said, "Why don't you get other folks to help fund waxes for low-income trans people?" And so the process of WaxFund began!

I will continue to collect funds and randomly select applicants monthly. Based on how much we accrue will determine how many applicants can receive services. I'm very thankful for the excitement and support for WaxFund thus far. I am working on creative ways to get the word out even further.  I'm also brainstorming better and more efficient ways to collect funds. Here's what is in motion now:

  • I have created a WaxFund menu on our booking website, so you can book a wax for yourself while funding someone else's. Check it out.
  • I'm in the process of making info cards to pass out into the community to help raise funds as well as obtain more applicants. These should be available soon!
  • A couple of our retailers at the salon have donated some of their pieces to be sold for WaxFund. Crystal Vision Gems has a couple necklaces left as well as Atwood Made shelves. Take a look at the items listed on our Instagram or check it out next time you're at the salon. Getting some locally made queer art while supporting trans folks is a win-win!
  • Patrick Buckmaster set out a crowd-funding jar at one of their events (which raised over $100 in one night). Any interest in setting out jars at future events, please contact babewax@gmail.com.
  • As a performer,  I am giving all my tips to WaxFund for at least the rest of the year. Any other performers or events interested in this please contact babewax@gmail.com.
Crystal necklaces donated by Crystal Vision Gems available at the salon. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to WaxFund. &lt;3

Crystal necklaces donated by Crystal Vision Gems available at the salon. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to WaxFund. <3

Continuing to do community-based crowd-funding seems like such an important aspect to this. Showing support as a community speaks volumes and can really emphasize the sentiment behind the services received. A future fund-raising event with DJs, performers, and raffel prizes is in store sometime next year so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I would love to see WaxFund grow to serve all who apply and to build a coalition with other beauty industry folks. I also plan on doing more outreach for more applicants as funds begin to build and I'm able to serve more folks.s

Someone reminded me the other day that decreasing dysphoria and aiding in self-love for trans folks can literally be life saving. This fuels my fire to do more! Please contact me anytime if you feel you have resources or interest in continuing to support WaxFund.

xoxo Mads