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The Wonderful World of Watermelon & Beauty

What tastes best on a hot summer’s day? There’s nothing better and more refreshing than the bite of a fresh cut watermelon in the heat of the day. Have you ever known someone to pass up that bowl of juicy melon? Probably not.

Better than refreshing, did you know that watermelon offers a whole list of health benefits that will help your summer beauty glow as well? Watermelon has been said to be one of the world’s most beneficial foods, according to new studies.

Watermelon produces lycopene, which is a phytonutrient important to cardiovascular and bone health. It’s also very high in Vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production. Vitamin C helps speed up healing from cuts, burns, common colds and much more. It also helps fight free-radicals that attack your skin, making you look older. By fighting free-radicals, your skin will look younger and much more radiant.

Dr. Mercola, a well-known doctor that emphasizes natural health options says,

“Watermelon has ingredients that deliver beneficial effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido [through scientific studies]. Phytonutrients with the ability to relax blood vessels (and maybe even prevent erectile dysfunction) include lycopene, betacarotene, and the more unfamiliar citrulline, which converts to arginine, an amino acid. When this compound is ingested, it dramatically strengthens the heart and circulation system. This may also serve in the treatment of angina, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular ailments.”

When circulation is increased in the body, inflammation is reduced giving the skin a more radiant appearance and clearing up skin blemishes. Increasing blood circulation in the body delivers more healing properties.

Increase of libido helps fight depression and fatigue. As you know, when you are feeling energetic, your demeanor also gives the appearance of a fully rested individual.

Case-in-point, eat watermelon until your heart’s content and be beautiful!

Stik.com Review Winner For Collinsville Hair Salon

Winner of the Stik.com Review Contest comes to pick up her prize. Thank you Katie Recklein for participating in our contest and leaving us such an awesome review. Learn about our next Sizzor Shak Collinsville hair salon contest on our Facebook page.

5 Ways to Beat the Harsh Winter Weather

If there was a survey done for people who love cold weather and who hate cold weather, the survey would probably be split down the center. Whether or not you love or hate the cold, the weather is harsh on your skin, hair, and health.

Here are 5 ways to beat the Harsh Winter Weather:

    1. Keep your body hydrated with a moisturizer that will absorb into your skin. Most moisturizers are made with parabens and other chemicals, which makes the moisturizer sit on the surface of your skin. If it is sitting on the surface of your skin, it will just get rubbed off. The best products to use are organic or all natural moisturizers, these will absorb into your skin and are jam packed with nutrients since they are made from botanicals instead of chemicals. Our favorite body moisturizer is Eminence Naseberry Body Lotion, which has an amazing fruity scent without having any chemical fragrance added.

 

    1. No matter if it’s from blowing your nose, wind or dry air, your face can get chapped from the winter weather. Help protect your face from drying out, chapping and flaking by using a facial routine. First, wash your face Beat The Harsh Winter Weatherwith a skin nourishing cleanser (without alcohol or chemicals) like Eminence Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser. This Cleanser is designed to exfoliate and prepare your skin to receive a moisturizer. Next, use a masque high in anti-oxidants to fight skin irritants, such as Sugar Plum Revitalizing Masque. Then, use an organic or all-natural moisturizer (without parabens and chemical fragrances), like Sugar Plum Whip Moisturizer which is designed to hydrate, sooth and calm the skin.

 

    1. Cold & flu season is here! What is the flu? The flu is a virus that attacks when the immune system is lacking in Vitamin D and your stress levels are high. What do we do about that? Boost your immune system naturally with foods that are high in anti-oxidants and omegas. Here are 5 foods that help boost your immune system:
      • Rosemary – anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, astringent, diaphoretic, anti-oxidant, circulatory stimulant
      • Garlic – anti-inflammatory, stimulates immune system, thins mucous
      • Ginger – calms nausea, improves circulation, anti-inflammatory
      • Sage – rich in essential oils, anti-oxidant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-catarrhal (helps remove excess mucous)
      • Thyme – anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-catarrhal, helps resolution of cold & flu and lower & upper respiratory infection

      Make sure to avoid foods that are highly processed foods that are high in white sugars & white flour.

 

    1. Dry hair is the ugly expected in the winter-time. How should you combat this war we all fight? There are several ways to do this. First, use a moisturizing or hydrating hair cleanser & conditioner such as Deva Concepts No-Poo Zero Lather Cleanser & One Condition or Health Factor Shampoo & Conditioner from S-Factor. These products will add moisture to your hair, ultimately leaving your hair looking healthy & shiny, as opposed to dry, dull and matte.

 

  1. Dry air also causes frizz and un-tamed locks. Keep your locks under control with an anti-frizzer or tamer. Use a product like Smoothing Lusterizer by S-Factor or Silky Smooth Moisture Serum by S-Factor. If you prefer an oil to a creme, try Dream Drops by S-Factor. You can also go with a spray de-frizzer like Oh Bee Hive! by Bed Head, Spoil Me De-Frizzer by Bed Head, or Weather Proof by Sexy Hair.

Win Stomp Tickets From Sizzor Shak

Stomp is energetic, thrilling, and unique as it brings in audiences of all ages for a great night of original music beats. Created in Brighton, U.K. in 1991, Stomp combines average, everyday utilities in order to create upbeat sounds of foot-stomping excitement.

Now, you get the chance to win free tickets for their show on January 12th at the Fabulous Fox Theater! The winner will be drawn on December 21st. How do you enter into the drawing? Stop into Sizzor Shak to find out! It’s absolutely free to enter! You must be 18 or older to enter.

Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model Winner 2012

The Results Are In!

First of all, thank you to everyone who got involved this year in Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model. It ended with a bang & we had so many votes come in for the final 5 contestants. These girls did an amazing job promoting themselves & each of them should be so proud to have made it this far!


The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For

Drum roll please…

Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model – Jacey


Jacey wins the following:

  • iPod Touch
  • Free haircuts for one year
  • Photo shoot with Kyle Weber in an ad campaign as Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model which includes color, cut, style, & airbrushed make up
  • Basket of haircare products

First Runner Up – Kayla


Kayla wins the following:

  • $50 Gift Card To Sizzor Shak Salon & Color Spa
  • Basket of haircare products

Second Runner Up – Alyssa


Alyssa wins the following:

  • $25 Gift Card To Sizzor Shak Salon & Color Spa
  • Basket of haircare products

Thanks again to all the girls who competed this year & to everyone who voted & made this competition such a success! Congratulations Jacey on winning Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model 2012!

The Top 5 – Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model 2012

Thank you to everyone who voted in Round 2 of Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model! Again, we had thousands of votes trickle in & we are flattered at how many of you are participating! The voting this round was even more intense than the last round! In fact, the 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th positions were all within 5 votes of each other so it was really anyone’s game!

Out of the 13 girls who made it to Round 2, the 5 with the most votes at the end of this last voting week are advancing to the next round.

Congratulations to those who have advanced & thank you so much to everyone who entered the competition!

The Next Round of Voting begins April 2nd & ends April 8th! Best Wishes!


The Top 12 – Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model 2012

Thank you to everyone who voted in Round 1 of Sizzor Shak’s Next Top Model! We had thousands of votes pour in & we graciously thank you for your patience & for your participation! We couldn’t be more excited about how intense the voting got!

Out of the 42 girls who entered the competition, the 12 with the most votes at the end of the voting week are advancing to the next round, with one exception. In the fashion of American Idol, we have thrown an exciting twist into the mixture! The Shak Girls got to save someone! This is how we did it: each Shak Girl got to choose their 3 favorite contestants out of those who didn’t advance to the top 12, then we tallied up all of their votes, & that determined who the Shak Girls saved. So our top 12 just got a little addition!

Congratulations to those who have advanced & thank you so much to everyone who entered the competition!

The Following Contestants Will Advance to Round 2

The Next Round of Voting begins March 19th & ends March 25th! Best Wishes!

Sizzor Shak on Fox 2 News

Betsey Bruce from Fox 2 News stopped into Sizzor Shak to interview co-owner Scott Weber about the Downtown Collinsville 159 Expansion Project. She asked Scott about how the construction has affected the traffic of the businesses. Bruce also mentioned our friends at Ashmann’s Pharmacy & interviewed Dale, from Terry’s Appliance Center. Check out the video below to see Scott get interviewed.

We would also like to thank Baxmeyer Construction & Andy from IDOT for working so closely with Sizzor Shak so that in the process of this transition, we’ve been able to serve our clients to the very best of our ability. In addition, another big thank you goes out to our clients for being so amazing & so loyal to this Collinsville salon; we are so proud to serve you.

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