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Spa News!

by Megan O'Neill, Lisa Shames & Chelsea Stevenson | CS magazine | August 26, 2011

The revamped NoMI Spa at the Park Hyatt has you covered from the moment you enter the intimate seventh-floor space. Start with a customized aromatherapy blend that's incorporated into your services, which can include facials, massages, manicures and waxing. Like your privacy? Body and face treatments take place in private spa suites that boast Frette and Andrew Morgan linens and a private steam shower. Before or after your treatment, take advantage of the fitness center and pool with views of the city. As for the next big thing? Try the Hydrafacial, an exclusive-to-NoMI non-laser skin resurfacing treatment that gets the job done minus the irritation. 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312.239.4200, nomispa.com

One's a licensed cosmetologist, the other a licensed acupuncturist, and together sisters Meredith and Sara Jackson have created Mera Natural Hair & Body, a boutique spa dedicated to the belief that beauty starts from within. At the cozy 500-square-foot space decorated in soothing earth tones, the duo offers a full range of highly personalized skin and hair care services—including the super-popular feather lock hair extensions—as well as customized acupuncture, stress-reduction treatments and acu-aromatherapy. But no matter which treatments you opt for, you can be assured all the products used are natural and chemical-free. 2648 N. Lincoln Ave., 312.532.6449, meranaturals.com

After an eight-month hiatus, the spa at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, formerly called Spa Chakra, has reopened as Balance Spa and Fitness, featuring new services like deep tissue massages and exfoliating facials; product lines Jan Marini, Phytomer and Murad; and access to the hotel gym. But what hasn't changed in the gorgeous space are the treatment rooms, some of the largest in the city. For $125 per month, become a spa "member" and get access to the fitness center, classes, pool, Jacuzzi and steam room, as well as one complimentary spa service (up to $125) and 10 percent off everything at the spa. 17 E. Monroe St., 312.422.1336, balancespachicago.com