About us


The Salon And Spa Sanctuary, LLC is the Premier Christian Beauty Salon Located in Swansea, Illinois. We are a Full Service Salon, specializing in hair extensions, weaves and wigs. Existing to serve all communities, we offer holistic beauty care that considers all aspects: Mind, Body, and Soul of each and every client we serve. We offer a full line of beauty services including Hair Coloring, Creative Cuts, Natural Hair Styling, Relaxers, Perms, Hair Replacement Services, Crochet Braids, Waxing and Spa Facials. Book your next appointment with us, online or by giving us a call today!

Our Journey



The Salon And Spa Sanctuary was first conceived while in Germany in 1999. I accompanied my husband, Darrell M. Gray, there as he served a four-year tour of duty in the United States Army. At that time, I was working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies and enrolled at the University of Maryland, Overseas Campus. My first business class required a complete business plan, that detailed every aspect of a business. I always loved hair and did hair. I always wanted to own a beauty salon, where clients could come and get all their beauty desires met. Hair styles, Manicures and Pedicures, Make Up, Lashes, Facials and Skin Care and Massages by Spiritual, Intelligent, Professional, Skilled, and Beautiful Hair Designers, Estheticians, Nail Technicians and Massage Therapist.


I completed my business plan, listing: the name of my salon, The Salon And Spa Sanctuary; the desired number of Professionals I wanted working in my salon; the various services that would be offered; Free Community Service Projects for Seniors, Back to Work Women and Men, Battered Women and Foster Children; and every other section of a business plan such as A Vision Statement; Marketing Plan; Competitive Analysts; Finances, etc. Needless to say, I received an A on my Business Plan and A in the Business Class. I completed my Bachelors of Science, Management Studies, with a 3.5 GPA in 2004.


As my husband served 20+ years in the Army, we traveled the world. Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Czechoslovakia, London and Gibraltar. During this time, I would do military spouses hair for free. My desire to do hair was so great, I wanted to do it professionally, however we never settled long enough for me to complete the laboratory requirement of the Cosmetology Program. So I decide to continue my studies pursuing a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management with Webster University. I completed my Masters Human Resource Management, with a 3.7 GPA, in 2008.


When my husband decided to retire from the military in 2014, I finally had the opportunity to pursue my hearts desire. I could attend Cosmetology School without the concern of relocating. I enrolled at Pure Beauty Institute of Cosmetology, O’Fallon, Illinois in September 2015. Completing the course in October 2016, I took the Illinois State Board Cosmetology Examination and passed December 2016. I completed the Cosmetology Educator’s Course in May 2019, took the Illinois State Board Cosmetology Educator Examination and passed August 2019.


My first job as a Stylist was at Smart Style Hair Salon, in the O’Fallon, Illinois Walmart. After six months, I rented my first booth at Casablanca Salon Hair & Skin Care, in Fairview Heights, Illinois. In December of 2017, My husband and I opened The Salon And Spa Sanctuary in Fairview Heights, Illinois. In August of 2020, we relocated to our newest location, in Swansea, Illinois. We are a full service salon, offering hair, barber, facial, lashes, waxing, and nail services. I particularly specialize in Hair Extensions, Wigs, and Hair Systems.


My husband and I met in 1995. We were married in 1997 and have 4 children.


To God Be the Glory! I’m so excited to continue my journey in the Beauty Industry. It’s so invigorating. I love learning and improving my skills. Please stop by our salon, we would love to team with you to bring your innermost beauty to the surface with the most recent advances in the beauty industry.





Karen Hill Gray, M.A., B.S.,

The Salon And Spa Sanctuary, LLC 

Proprietress, Cosmetology Educator 


Swansea, IL. 62226

 Our Salon Policies


Scheduled Clients/Patrons are expected to arrive in time or on time for their salon appointment. Clients are allowed a 15-minute grace period. Clients arriving after the grace period will, at the discretion of the stylist, be accepted, rescheduled or their deposit forfeited. 



While we make every attempt to satisfy our clients, clients who have issue with their salon service must notify the stylist immediately, within a 24-hour period after the service is concluded. The concern must be made known to the stylist who performed the service, and if an adjustment is possible and/or appropriate, an appointment to Re-Do the service will be scheduled. If the client does not make the dissatisfaction known, an assumption will be made that there is no issue. The hair must be in the condition as it was at the conclusion of the service of dissatisfaction and only the service of dissatisfaction will be redone. A Re-Do Appointment will be scheduled within 5 days. Only 1 Re-Do Appointment will be scheduled. If the client doesn’t attend the scheduled Re-Do Appointment, the client forfeits the Re-Do option.