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Salon Sage and Barber Studio
 
This is

Why We Rock

Our Story and Our Mission

At Salon Sage and Barber Studio, our mission is to make you and your hair happy while providing sustainable and environmentally friendly services. As Charleston’s only departmentalized salon, our stylists receive unprecedented and ongoing training to deliver a high-end salon experience that’s consistently ahead of the curve.

 

We are a Davines-exclusive salon. We love Davines for their commitment to environmental sustainability, their carbon-neutral packaging, their B Corp status, and their all-natural products that just ROCK.

 

While offering full salon and barbering services, we have a community and growth mindset that values transparency, integrity, and health – all through lots of laughter.

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The Full Story

Cabbage Patch Dolls, A Phone and Her Father’s Toolbox

 

Allison’s dreams of being a stylist started at a very young age. Her dear grandmother, “Gram” took her to get their nails done every Friday afternoon. Although she was there for nails, she was captivated by the hairstylists in the room working their magic. She loved watching the incredible transformations created by the artists standing behind their chairs. With her imagination running wild, she would go home to create her very own salon, using her cabbage patch dolls as clients, a phone made from lined notebook paper, and her father’s tool box as her station. Her cabbage patch dolls were even lucky enough to receive some of her first custom haircuts. When clients “called” her paper phone, she answered as “Salon Sage” every time. To this day, nobody knows why or when she came up with the name but it has remained constant over all these years. Through the highs and lows of life, she held tightly to her dream.

The Salon From A Little Girl’s Dream (Literally!)

 

After high school, she tried the typical college route but it only took her one year to realize that her passion was worth the risk. She finally enrolled in her local cosmetology school and flourished as a student. Upon graduation, she studied under the mentorship of Zanya Gissler of Zanya Spa Salon right outside Philadelphia. After moving to Charleston, Allison realized that the industry was lacking a salon like the one she dreamed of as a little girl. She decided to take a leap of faith and opened our beloved Salon Sage in 2013. Since then, she has been building a happy, healthy and honest environment for everyone. We are all so proud of her for staying true to herself and the pure dream of a loving child.

Meet Our Resident Baddies

Allison
Owner & Stylist

Allison Grisham

Turbo
Hairapy Dog

Turbo Grisham

Benny
Hair Artist

Benny Nguyen

Olivia
Receptionist

Olivia Wing

Owner & Stylist

Allison Grisham

Born and raised in Philadelphia, I was trained under Zanya Gissler in a departmentalized salon, which lead to my vision of Salon Sage. Appropriately inappropriate, while getting the best customer service and looking and feeling great as you walk out the door.

 

Specialties and Certifications:

Cutting hair of all lengths and types

 

Fun Facts and Love Languages:

I’m an extra cheesy pizza connoisseur! I love to receive love through quality time and words of affirmation.

Hairapy Dog

Turbo Grisham

Hi! I’m Turbo! I’m Salon Sage’s resident lap warmer! I’ve been at Salon Sage since I was 5 weeks old! You can find me either in my bed, out for bathroom breaks, or on someone’s lap! I love all things food, your food, my food, food on the ground you name it!

 

Specialties and Certifications

I am a certified therapy dog specializing in naps.

 

Fun Facts and Love Languages

I think it’s fun to pee on myself. My love languages are food and cuddles.

Hair Artist

Benny Nguyen

Hey there! I am Benny, and I am born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. I am no stranger to this industry, as I’m a second generation cosmetologist. I attended and graduated from Charleston Cosmetology Institution and have been doing hair for 4 years now. My passion is to create the hair you’ve always wanted, starting with a very thorough consultation. It all starts with good communication!

 

Specialties and Certifications

My specialties are all things color: color matching, color correction, dark hair, lived in blondes! I’m a lefty which is somewhat unique in the hair world! I’m also excited to continue honing my skills with extensions!

 

Fun Facts and Love Languages

My love language is quality time and a fun fact about me is that people call me the amazing Asian because I either do something really amazing or amazingly stupid!

Receptionist

Olivia Wing

Hi, I’m Olivia! I am a junior in high school and am also enrolled in the Wando High School Cosmetology Program with the goal of becoming a licensed cosmetologist by the summer of 2025! I have dreamed of becoming a hair stylist since age 8. I love the atmosphere and being surrounded by all things hair. I am so excited to grow and improve!

 

Specialties and Certifications

Making everyone feel at home and helping out the team whenever they need me.

 

Fun Facts and Love Languages

My favorite food is steak and my love language is words of affirmation.

Sharing Our Space

 

We are so lucky to share this beautiful space with these amazing business owners!

Marianna
Owner, Soulshine Aesthetics

Marianna Ross

Hannah
Owner, Glow Studio

Hannah Smith

Owner, Soulshine Aesthetics

Marianna Ross

CRNA/APRN
Owner, Glow Studio

Hannah Smith

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