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Trayce Griffin

Founder/Stylist

As the owner of The Hilt Salon, Trayce Griffin has poured herself into creating a one-of-a-kind salon experience for her clients. She has been in the industry for over 20 years with a dream of one day owning her own salon and with perseverance and her creative edge, that dream has come true. Trayce has extensive training in cosmetology, graduating from South Eastern School of Cosmetology in Charlotte and the Institute of Cosmetology in Killeen, Texas. Trayce has a true love of customized hair color and signature blowouts and prides herself in bringing her clients inner beauty to the surface. Trayce has expertise in Dona Bella, Hair Laya, iTip, Keva Link, hand-tied extensions and she is master certified in Pravana color. In 2013, Trayce had the honor of being invited to the MTV Music Awards to style hair for musicians and celebrities in attendance. Trayce has a love for all things pop culture, music, and calls herself a "foodie" but her greatest loves are her two children, Griggs and Tucker, along with the newest addition to her family, grandson Palmer.

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Karlie Hinson

Stylist

Building relationships with clients that go beyond the "chair" is what drives the talented stylist, Karlie. Graduating from Lancaster High Career Center for Cosmetology, Karlie specializes in customized hair color, men's fades, and is certified in Brazilian Blowouts and Dona Bella hand-tied extensions. Karlie has a love of being creative and nothing thrills her more than seeing her client's face light up after seeing their idea come to life. Karlie loves to spend time with friends and family, travel, and is a fur mom to Cooper who is a Pit-Lab mix.

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Carlee Moree

Stylist

Exceeding her client’s “Hair Dreams” is what is all about for stylist, Carlee! Nothing thrills her more that to have her client leave her chair feeling more beautiful and confident than they did when they first sat down. Carlee has been in the haircare industry for over 8 years and achieved her Cosmetology license while attending high school. Carlee is a Schwarzkopf Professional completing her Blonde Me certification through Behind The Chair University. Carlee loves her craft and specializes in cutting amazing short hairstyle looks for her clients. She also thrives on creating custom colorizations and blonding. Carlee has always had a passion for hair care which was evident at a very young age when she styled her very first “stacked bob” on her sister’s brand new American Girl Doll. Carlee is a self-proclaimed “Snack Officionado” and says her go-to snack are snapped Cheez-it's with Cajun Crab dip. She says you will not be disappointed! Carlee is newly married and has two gorgeous children, Ava and Landon. 

Christine Smith

Nail Technician

One of the greatest gifts for Christine, better known as Chrissy at the salon, is the one-on-one time she spends with her clients and building personal relationships with them. Chrissy has been in the industry for over 17 years and she always strives to create a relaxed and pampered experience for each client. Graduating from Sussex County Technical School in New Jersey, Chrissy has vast experience in all nail care but her specialties are acrylic overlay and gel nail polish manicures. She is also certified in Reflexology. Chrissy is a fantastic cook, has a love of 70’s music, and an even bigger love of 80’s movies. She has two daughters, Hailey who is in her junior year at the University of South Carolina and Rylie who is  in her junior year of high school. 

Erica Mackey

Waxologist & Lash Technician

You won’t want to miss the sweet and bubbly Erica when you visit salon. Born and raised in Lancaster, Erica has been in and out of the beauty industry for over 12 years and we are happy that she has returned to her roots here at The Hilt. Erica specializes in Waxology and is certified in Brazilian Waxing. From arms, to legs, to toes, Erica can help with all of your body waxing needs. In addition to waxing, Erica is be certified in Lash Extensions, Brow Tint, and Brow Lamination. Erica thrives on making her clients feel relaxed and comfortable, giving them an exceptional experience! Erica is very involved in her church, loves to spend time with friends and family, shopping, and loves anything Christmas! Her pride and joy are her two son’s, Nash and Ace, and husband Cody!  

Savannah Bowers

Salon Assistant

The sweet and soft-spoken, Savannah, has been in the industry for over 2 years. Graduating from the Lancaster County Career Center for Cosmetology, she received her cosmetology license in May of 2021. She is currently a Lead Salon Assistant and works on commission in the salon. Savannah specializes in customized hair color, make-up application, and formal stylings for special events. Always striving to go above and beyond, Savannah’s goal is to ensure that each of her clients feel refreshed and renewed after their appointment. Savannah loves learning new techniques and is always seeking more knowledge in the hair care industry. In her spare time, this simple girl loves to travel, listen to county music, and ride dirt roads.  

Kalea Helms

Salon Assistant

You won’t visit the salon without encountering the bubbly and personable Kalea. Kalea is currently a Lead Salon Assistant and works on commission. She finished her education with the Kenneth Schuler School of Cosmetology and is now a licensed stylist. Kalea has a passion for hair color and she truly enjoys the science behind the chair. Nothing thrills her more than dissecting and understanding how to formulate the perfection concoction for her client’s hair type. In addition to Kalea’s education, she is trained and certified in Pravana Color and Redken Color. Kalea loves all things pop culture and is a self-proclaimed musical aficionado. 

Julianna Kersey

Salon Assistant

The adorable Julianna joined The Hilt team in June of 2020. She is a front desk assistant and a salon assistant. Julianna is a Junior at Indian Land High School. She is an accomplished dancer, loves living in the south, traveling, and working on her red Mustang in her spare time. Julianna enjoys working at The Hilt where she is able to meet new people having fun with her sweet and unique co-workers!  

Brook Rainey

Salon Manager

Delivering an exceptional customer service experience is what Brook thrives on! Nothing makes her happier than developing relationships with clients and seeing that all of their needs are met with each visit. Graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Retail and Fashion Merchandising, Brook has extensive experience in retail management, buying, and marketing. She has worked for major retailers including Belk, Khol’s, Cabella’s, and Lane Bryant. Being fairly new to this part of the industry, Brook is thrilled to be learning anything and everything about the hair care and beauty industry. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, traveling, decorating her house, and shopping online! Her greatest loves are the two men in her life, husband, Ray and their adorable Malti-Tzu puppy, Charlie!  

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