Meet William Collier
William Collier began his career in 1968 as an innovative part of one of Seattle’s most prestigious salons. This position allowed contact with a well-traveled clientele, which inspired the pursuit of additional training in Europe and Britain.
The desire for innovation and creativity spawned the opening of Salon 1500 in 1970. He was soon joined by the leaders in the industry, including such notables as Gene Juarez. At this time William and Gene traveled together training in one of London’s most creative and prestigious training centers, at the same time enjoying the exciting fashion districts of London and Paris. While following the European hair design circuit for many years William Collier gained an understanding of the art of hair design, and the distinction between art and trend. This distinction allowed William to see his clients as individuals and allowed for the inclusion of their personal character. During this period he trained abroad with some of the most talented international names in the industry, on the Continent and Britain.
By 1972 William again felt the need to expand his operation and opened Salon West in West Seattle and one year later Collier’s in the fashion district of downtown Seattle. Salon West became a satellite location offering convenient access to William’s distinct hair design team. The downtown location was a statement in elegance, offering a full spectrum of state of the art services to include: all aspects of hair design as well as; facial esthetics, wardrobe consulting, electrolysis, tanning, manicures, pedicures and massage. As hair and fashion began another shift William felt the desire to return to Europe to gain the momentum of a new era in hair and fashion being ushered in by Europe’s finest designers. Another attitude change was taking place; existing structure was becoming freer and more individual. At this time an association with a European hair replacement specialist was established. William found himself attracted to the highly technical nature of the hair replacement business as well as the very personal impact it has on the community: this opened up a new realm of participation in the hair industry.
William pursued the hair replacement field, while maintaining his existing clientele. William Collier Design has been built on referrals from the medical community, foundations and affiliations: Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, American Cancer Society, National Alopecia Areata Foundation, and the American Hair Loss Council.
In the spring of 1993, William joined the American Hair Loss Council, the largest organization providing hair loss training and up-to-date technology available in the industry. William’s devotion and commitment to the art of hair replacement has provided him recognition as a Certified Hair Addition Specialist. He attends the AHLC Symposium’s where the standards of practice and products are complimented by ever improving technology. In 2008 William was invited to participate on the Follea Expert Advisory Panel.
Now bringing 20+ years of experience to the hair replacement field, his abilities continue to raise the bar in technique and design.