Mera In the Press

Inside and Out – This new spa offers unique services

When you want to do something nice for yourself, do you: (a) get a new ‘do, (b) splurge on a facial or (c) try a healing acupuncture session?

How about all of the above in one all-inclusive organic treatment?

At Mera Natural Hair & Body a new holistic beauty center in Lincoln Park, sisters Meredith (a hairstylist and esthetician) and Sara (a licensed acupuncturist) are combining their talents to offer a unique menu of hair, skin and body services that let you multitask in fun, surprising ways.

How about Acu-Aromatherapy, a 60-minute acupuncture session that incorporates essential oil to increase healing and relaxation? Or an anti-aging facial followed by feather hair extensions…or a Shiatsu massage with a botanical scalp treatment chaser.

First time clients can get a 60-minute Acu-Aromatherapy session for just $49. (Tell ‘em Vital Juice sent you!)

It’s more than skin deep.

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“Inner Balance Outer Beauty Service at Mera Naturals”

– Elizabeth Jochum

Mera Natural Hair and Body, a new space in Lincoln Park, mixes up your relaxation routine with its Inner Balance Outer Beauty service. The small studio’s signature treatment combines acupuncture, hand reflexology and a scalp massage that make for an über-relaxing 60-minute session. The salon/spa is run by two sisters, Meredith and Sara Jackson (Mera is a combination of their names — hey, if Brangelina can do it…), who also administer this service together.

After offering me a glass of refreshing cucumber-infused water, Meredith leads me to the shampoo station and starts a gentle hand massage. My paws are dipped in paraffin wax and wrapped in plastic while she performs the scalp massage using Simply Organic shampoo. Meredith’s touch is a little more firm during this portion, which is very welcome at the end of a stressful day.

My temples and the back of my neck are very relaxed, and the eucalyptus scent from the shampoo and conditioner is soothing. After that, it’s time for the acupuncture.

Sara applies needles to my temples, between my eyes and near my elbows. I have cucumber slices on my eyes, so I can’t see the action, which is fine by this acupuncture newbie. Within minutes, a wave of relaxation washes over me—it feels as if I’m sinking, but in a good way.

Sara removes the needles after about ten minutes, then I’m led to a salon chair, where the session ends with Meredith trimming the back of my neck and sideburns. (Women who book this treatment get a blow-out and style at this point, which is what I’ll probably request next time — my hairstyle is too high maintenance to leave wet.)

The salon promises an internal glow by the end of the session, and that’s exactly what I’m feeling.


Monday Detox: Get Needle Happy at Mera Natural Hair & Body

Don’t believe a needle can relax you? You’ll change your mind after a visit to beauty spot Mera Natural Hair & Body (2648 N. Lincoln Ave., 312-532-6449). Owned by the Jackson sisters, Meredith and Sara (Mera, get it?), a licensed cosmetologist and an acupuncturist, respectively, the holistic Lincoln Park salon and spa offers an abundance of natural, organic treatments designed to balance your body from within.

The women have dedicated years to education and research in order to provide treatments that change the way you view your total wellness, and they have the inventive services to prove it. But don’t expect an entirely hippity-dippity experience: they’ll give you a great color job and add in a couple of feather extensions, too! But if it’s detox you’re looking for, this is your place.

Bodywork uses a variety of energizing treatments, ranging form Tui Na, a Chinese therapy that translates to “push-grasp” to Shiatsu massage, cupping, and something called Moxibustion, which involves burning an herb over certain parts of the body to stimulate circulation and induce proper blood flow. But my top picks are the 60-minute stress-reduction treatment, which combines acupuncture and bodywork and the hour-long cosmetic acupuncture treatment, which uses acupuncture points to rejuvenate, tone, and brighten skin.

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Spa News!

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.