Daniel Pritchard shares his passion for the beauty industry, shifting his role from behind the stylist’s chair to being an educator and brand developer
Stepping away from behind the stylist’s chair at the end of June, after almost four decades of doing hair, was tough for Daniel Pritchard.
“That last month, it was the hardest month of my whole career, my whole 38 years of doing hair,” Pritchard said.”Every day that I went to work that month, it was like I was going to break up with 15 people that I had a relationship with — some of them for over 30 years. So it was very difficult telling each one. But I wanted to let the ones that were coming in that month know personally. That was the hardest part.
“It was like going through a divorce with some of them … Some cried and made me cry.”
Over the decades, the mild-mannered hairdresser has shared some of the highest and lowest points in the lives of those who frequented his salon chair. He celebrated their successes with them and offered comfort and support during challenging times. He watched many of his regulars grow up, get married, and become parents and grandparents. And, sadly, he shared in their losses.
For Pritchard, and his team at Daniel Christopher Salon in Regina’s Harbour Landing neighbourhood, the focus has always been on creating an experience, not just doing people’s hair.