Since opening Casa De Bellini Salon & Spa, Juanita Valencia has established a warm atmosphere that welcomes clients seeking style transformations. Her efforts have paid off, earning her repeat business and turning many of those clients into friends. Inside the 3,000-square-foot salon, she leads a team of stylists that specializes in haircare for both men and women. Team members prep hair for a trim with a shampoo and hot towels, accent natural hues with single-process color and highlights, and condition with natural keratin. They also smooth faces and shoulders with microdermabrasion treatments, add dazzling color to nails during mani-pedis, and knead away buried stress with full-body massage sessions. Their signature hot rock mani-pedi combines elements of all three services, reenergizing skin with a sugar scrub and seaweed mask, trimming and shaping nails, and simmering away tension with a hot-stone massage for arms and lower legs.
Dr. Hossein Jahangiri has gained a deep knowledge of cosmetic dentistry, implants, and intravenous conscious sedation through hundreds of hours of continuing education, in addition to his dental training at USC. But Dr. Jahangiri's background isn't the only draw to Southern California Family Dentistry, his Whittier dental office. With his crack team of dentists—Dr. Le and Dr. Hakham—Dr. Jahangiri beautifies smiles with advanced cosmetic and preventative dentistry services, ranging from teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments to gum grafting, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns fit for King Toothy. But before any treatment is performed, the dentists examine each smile, looking for cavities and gum diseases, and thoroughly explains to clients each potential service option.
After a 16-year career as a secretary, Sara lost two jobs—along with most of her possessions—when the 2008 recession hit. But this life-long artist saw an opportunity to pursue her true passion despite her financial difficulties. By saving up her unemployment checks, she was able to negotiate an affordable lease on a studio space and opened Art with Sara. Now she teaches kids and adults to draw and paint with mediums ranging from oil paints and pastels to colored pencils.
Rather than focus solely on teaching technique, she blends strong craftsmanship with visual story-telling to help her students cultivate vivid imaginations. The result is a plethora of whimsical masterpieces depicting animals, mythical beasts, and the human condition. Sara also hosts art camps and parties with a featured painting and step-by-step instructions.
Aestheticians combine skincare savvy with a tender touch to perform an abundance of pampering treatments in Renew Massage & Skin Care's charming spa atmosphere. Staffers massage the scalp, neck, and shoulders and offer warm aromatherapy towels during most facials. Four types of clinical peels can help to remove dead skin and the ghost of sunburns past. The team further accentuates countenances' beauty with antioxidant-rich makeup by glo minerals. To reduce stress or chronic pain, massage pros employ modalities such as a lomi-lomi treatment that fizzles tension with long, forearm-based strokes. The spa includes shower and locker-room facilities for guests to change into more comfortable outfits and a stately fireplace in its waiting area for warming hands or burning out-of-date day planners.
For nearly a quarter-century, Mahelia Skin Care & Spa has devoted itself to developing highly specialized treatments designed to treat cellulite and slow down the encroachment of Father Time. For the face, they offer an extensive selection of services that includes PCA peels, microdermabrasion, and Hydrasoin?an algae-based facial that, like dating a rain cloud, keeps skin hydrated. Like the PCA peels, the Age-Defying Body Peel is a monthly treatment that whispers away wrinkles and age spots, and the other body treatments are designed to drain toxins and liquids so as to slim silhouettes. Mahelia?s aestheticians also perform a range of hair-removal services, ranging from waxing to long-lasting electrolysis treatments.
At OC Fitness Boot Camp, exercise isn’t just about summoning an instant endorphin rush or fitting into a smaller pair of jeans a few weeks down the line. It’s about helping people live longer, healthier lives. Held at scenic parks and beaches, workouts help participants cultivate a love of fitness that endures when life throws them a curveball or a water balloon filled with chocolate pudding. Here, participants of all fitness levels cheer one another toward goals during strength-building exercises such as burpees, squats, push-ups, and sit-up variations. In addition to torching calories, running and jumping drills fill the group with energy, like a pep rally led by anthropomorphic lightning bolts. A seasoned instructor oversees each camper, doling out exercise demos, technique tips, and a hearty dose of motivation.