Phillip and Mary Wilson founded Wilson Educational Productions INC in 1994 to provide superior advanced education to the Professional Salon Industry. Together, they have spent the last 25 years doing just that and more.
With a great deal of experience, they felt 2019 was the time to get back to basics, both in education and in their salon relationships. Together, they launched Wilson Collective. Wilson Collective is a boutique brand of Peruvian rainforest-rich hair care and styling products for salon clients, as well as education, tools and opportunities for connection and collaboration for hairdressers. Rainforest-Rich Sacha Inchi Oil is the main ingredient and inspiration for the creation of clean, sulfate free, non-carcinogenic, color-safe formulas, plus essential oil fragrance blends to keep the experience clean and fresh.
Recently, they purchased a motor coach and will hit the road for nine months this year to share their energy, passion, and the Wilson Method with salons across the US.
Check the “Follow the Wilsons,” page for locations and opportunities.
When Phillip Wilson was a small boy, he would accompany his mother to the salon where he would sweep up hair and catch ashes dropped from slumbering ladies under the dryers. He fell in love with the scents, the sounds, and the salon experience. Receiving coins for tips here and there helped him learn early on that care and kindness go a long way. When asked by the schools head master to leave school at 14, he began to explore life beyond his small town in coastal England. Phillip set his sites on passing the entrance exam for Cosmetology and he worked hard, jumping the mail train each morning to make his way to college. After completing his licensing, he moved to London and was fortunate enough to assist with Vidal Sassoon, Raymond – a.k.a. Teazy Weazy, Alexander of Paris, and many of the Grand Masters of Europe. A few years later, while working a side gig in a pub on Guernsey Island, Phillip was introduced to his greatest young opportunity. Being at the right place at the right time, he was asked to dress the hair of visiting Royal Duchesses for a special occasion. They all fell in love with him and he was asked back time and again.
When Phillip moved to Canada in the mid 1970’s, he began his platform artist career and opened his first salons in Vancouver. There, he honed all of those skills learned from so many. He began cutting hair with two combs and two brushes in a very free-form style. This became his Wilson Method over the years and is still how he approaches hair today.
Named one of the Top 100 Artists of all time by Modern Salon, his work has been featured on T.V. and on magazine covers over the last 3 decades. He has travelled the world with his wife Mary to share his passion, creativity, and love for this industry.
When Mary was seven , she watched her hairdresser Mom cut off her Grandmother’s long braids and transform her look. She became intrigued by the power of change that beauty creates. After graduating from Cosmetology School in her early 20’s, she moved from Iowa to California and has continued to learn and grow ever since.
Over the past 30 years, she has been involved in most every aspect of the beauty industry, including marketing, new product development, brand development, staff management, presentation skills, and all aspects of education. Over time, she developed her personal sense of the product experience. After suffering severe migraines, she vowed to only use essential oils as fragrance to avoid reactions to heavy perfumes and synthetics. Mary has traveled the world sharing her passions and is recognized as a leading industry expert.
In 2004, she teamed up with Industry Leader Ann Mincey to create “Destination Rejuvenation Retreats.” Together, they have since also created a dynamic and interactive Platform/teacher training course aptly named “I AM a Great Presenter.” She is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and shares her knowledge regarding managing stress with the beauty industry as well. In order to serve others, Mary believes you must first be clear, grounded, and relaxed in your own body, heart, and mind.