Stylists are more than just hair care professionals. They are confidants, friends, counselors, & the list goes on. There are definitely things that you don’t have to share, but here are 5 things that you really should tell your stylist.

1. Have a bad breakup? He’s just not worth it! Never fix a bad break-up with a box of hair color! You’re upset. We understand … but please, see a pro. Box hair color only goes well with a box of wine and believe me; you will be regretting BOTH in the morning. Want a makeover? Wait a week after the big split and then talk to your stylist about what changes would look great for you.
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Rockstar Prom Hair & Airbrush Make Up

Maybe you’re looking for ideas for prom hair styles or maybe you want to attend a special event & dazzle everyone. Airbrush make up can help you achieve that flawless look for every photo you take on your special night. In fact, Sizzor Shak’s airbrush make up is specially formulated just for the camera.

Ask others who have tried Sizzor Shak’s airbrush make up & they rave about how they didn’t have to touch it up the whole night.

We recently had last year’s “Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model,” Alyssa M, stop by “The Shak” to get her hair & airbrush make up done by our very own Megan J! After the lovely Megan styled Alyssa’s rockstar short hair & air-brushed her make up, we had the very talented Kyle Weber take her photos.

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Beautiful Hair Never Takes A Snow Day

Early this morning, Scott & Linda Weber along with sons, Blake & Kyle Weber, journeyed out through the winter wonderland to Downtown Collinsville to shovel the snow off of the sidewalks.

“We want all of our valued & loyal customers to make it through the doors of Sizzor Shak without ending up soaking wet from the knees down,” says Scott Weber. “That’s why we go the extra mile to clear the walk ways. Plus, our customers are worth it!”

Scott has even been known to work beyond what’s just in front of Sizzor Shak & help out his neighboring businesses on Main Street. Check out this video from this morning:

Don’t forget to check out Sizzor Shak if you’ve been searching through salons in Collinsville, Edwardsville, Troy, Maryville, or anywhere else in the St. Louis area. Our work is guaranteed & we know you’ll love The Shak Family!

Haircuts, Coffee, & WiFi… Oh My!

Sizzor Shak Salon & Color Spa has always been up with the cutting edge of current trends.  Since it opened its doors 35 years ago, the public has been able to rely on “The Shak” to provide the latest in hairstyles, professional products, styling tools and techniques.

Making WiFi available to the public continues The Shak’s endeavor to bring its clients the best and most convenient services available.  “Communication is important to our clients, and being able to check email and do Internet searches enables them to stay up to date with their work, or just to have more fun while they get their hair done,” says Cathy Landolt, stylist who has worked for Sizzor Shak for 26 years. Read more

Christmas at the Shak

Christmas time is right around the corner, and Sizzor Shak is your one stop shop to get all your hair care needs. Whether you are buying for a significant other or that one family member who seems to own everything, the one thing you can count on is people using hair care products.

Here at Sizzor Shak we have many specials just for the holiday season. With gift sets from Joico, Paul Mitchell, and Redken you are guaranteed to please anyone. Along with all our fabulous products, we are offering free Christmas mugs with the purchase of a gift cards of $10 or greater in value.

Have a coffee lover in the family? Well, we have the perfect gift solution for you, Coffee gift baskets! At just $27.95 these baskets are a steal! Each basket includes a 12oz bag of freshly roasted organic coffee, a coffee scented candle, and a travel mug. The best thing is that we can personalize each basket to fit your coffee lovers needs, with flavors including french vanilla to hazelnut, and candle scents ranging from café mocha to cappuccino even peppermint mocha, you just can’t go wrong.

We also have artwork from Kyle Weber for sale. This is truly a unique gift for anyone who appreciates beautiful photography or even accents for interior design.

There’s so much to choose from, so make sure you stop into Sizzor Shak on Main Street in Collinsville. Let us help you with those tough-to-shop-for friends & family. Merry Christmas!

Sip & Snip: The Shak’s Got Java

Sizzor Shak is proud to announce the newest addition to their wide variety of services: ORGANIC GOURMET COFFEE! They call it Java Shak! And it couldn’t come at a better time with winter approaching. Anyone who talked about this project to owner, Scott Weber, has been more than likely chomping at the bean to get this machine up & running.

Weber did his homework, sampling coffee after coffee to bring you the best cup on the market right here to Sizzor Shak Salon & Color Spa in Collinsville, IL! “Our machine grinds up the freshly roasted beans for each individual cup purchased,” says Weber, “ensuring that you get the best quality, bold flavor with every sip!”

In fact, the Shak Girls now describe the coffee they’ve kept in their cabinets at home as “tasting like dirt,” compared to the organic gourmet Java Shak coffee. “You need to experience it for yourself to understand!” Java Shak coffee is organic, low-acidic, very aromatic, & so smooth.

Head into “The Shak” today to get a cup of your own! Regular, Light, or Decaf (Swiss Water Processed) is only $1.25 for a 12oz cup. They also have Cappuccino, Cafe Mocha, Hot Chocolate, & French Vanilla for $1.75 for a 12oz cup.

If that’s just not enough for you, you can purchase 12oz airtight sealed bags of whole bean, ground, or even flavored Java Shak cofee right inside Sizzor Shak. You can also visit JavaShak.com to purchase the bags of coffee online & have it shipped to you or someone else as a gift.

So next time you’re in Collinsville, swing by Sizzor Shak Salon & Spa, relax at their bistro tables, access their free Wifi, & sip on a cup of joe!

Great Ideas Start With Your First Sip of Coffee

Getting up in the morning, starting the coffeemaker, making kids lunches, feeding the two noisy cats and the one whining dog – finally, the coffee was ready to drink and it tasted terrible. But of course I drank it. Caffeine is as necessary to me as my contact lenses – I simply can’t see without it.

Fortunately for me, I was heading into work at Sizzor Shak, so I knew I would soon encounter our new Java Shak line. It is simply incredible… so smooth and rich with a great aroma. I won’t share the brand I have in my cabinets at home, but it is soon to be replaced with the shiny gold bags of 100% Arabica coffee beans. I guess this is one time it’s good to take my work home with me!

How To Strengthen Those Strands of Hair

Did you know that your hair is one of the strongest fibers on Planet Earth? One strand has the strength equivalent of copper wire of similar size. In fact, if your entire head of hair was made into a rope, it could lift 12 tons of weight!

Some hair has more strength than others, of course. Your diet, the environment, your stress level, and chemical processes all contribute to the health and resilience of your hair.

Vitamins do a lot for your hair; they promote healthy growth and prevent damage from the environment. Taking a multivitamin every day gives you the amounts you need to strengthen and rebuild your hair.

  • Vitamin C works against free radicals from the atmosphere
  • Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and niacin all promote hair growth by nurturing the scalp
  • Vitamin B6 and B12 help to prevent hair loss
  • Biotin it is an essential water-soluble B vitamin, which increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage.
  • In addition to vitamin supplements, a healthy diet of fruits, green vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins will assist you in your quest for strong, shiny locks.

    Your daily hair routine can also add strength to your hair. Unless you need to, try not to wash your hair every day. Excess washing will strip your hair of its natural oils, making it dry and brittle. In addition to washing less, it is imperative to condition more. Add conditioner to your hair every time you wet it, because the conditioner will lock in your hair’s moisture and keep the your hair’s cuticle soft and flexible. A deep keratin conditioner once or twice a week seals the deal, creating hair that is healthy, shiny, and strong.

    When you’re ready to style your tresses, prepare your hair with a protective styling product BEFORE you use your heated tools. Look for a product that contains silicone, which will protect your hair’s cuticle and give you a polished, smooth look. It is a good habit to clean your tools with alcohol regularly. The residue your product leaves on them can become seared into your hair and make it weak and brittle.

    Finally, keeping up with your regular trims is the best way to keep your hair strong. You may have strands that are two years old or older, depending on your hair’s length. By keeping those ends in check, the split ends that crop up will have less of a chance of weakening the entire strand structure.

    If you’ve been checking out other salons in Collinsville, salons in Edwardsville, or even salons in St. Louis, give Sizzor Shak Salon & Color Spa a try! We want you to love your strong, healthy hair!

    Songs of Summer Winner

    Lindsey B. swung by Sizzor Shak yesterday to pick up her prize for winning the Songs of Summer competition!

    She won a Joico Body Luxe Package for ultimate volume! Here she is below on the left pictured with Sizzor Shak stylist Nikki!

    Stay tuned for more contests & special offers. Sizzor Shak strives to be the very best salon to give you an amazing image experience. We hope to make Sizzor Shak your favorite of salons in St. Louis area!

    Sizzor Shak Gives Back on 9-11

    Sizzor Shak Salon & Color Spa, located at 208 East Main in historic uptown Collinsville, hosted a special event for service men and women on Saturday, September 11th.

    The salon welcomed the area’s brave police officers, fire fighters, and those currently serving in the United States Military with a FREE HAIRCUT.

    Kaci Pierce, the salon coordinator, described the idea as the brainchild of stylist, Gretchen Gerstenecker.

    “Gretchen came up with this idea last year, and when I approached our other stylists about it, they signed up right away,” said Pierce. “We were all very excited to give back to these men and women.”

    Sizzor Shak offered the free haircuts from 2-5pm on Patriot’s Day. Pierce stated, “We will always remember what happened this day nine years ago; we want to honor these men and women for their bravery and patriotism.”

    Check out a few of the photos from the event: