Leather& lather: The Cut-throat Racer – BBC News

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Media captionRazor sharp-witted: Defeating a cut-throat nature

It looks like a barber’s shop should. The scissors, the combs, the clippers and reflects. Shelves of hair ‘product’ and containers of ‘barbicide’ disinfectant.

There’s a topic going on too – it screams motorcycles. From the leather coat hanging on the wall, to oil and tyre paraphernalia, and biking photos.

It’s where followers can come to loosen. For a haircut, a beard decoration, or even a full soggy cut-throat razor shave.

She is a 25 -year-old former hairdresser, who has swapped gradations, blue-rinses and shampoo-and-sets in a small urban village in northern Wales for the male-dominated world-wide of barbering.

It is four years since she set up shop in the quiet, picturesque Gwynedd village of Llanbedr – a region whose claims to popularity are a campsite on the coast sport it is the biggest in Europe, and an ex-Raf airfield that wants to become an international room port.

But this spring, it is Sophie manufacturing the headlines in the hamlet, in northern Wales – and beyond.

She has just been referred best available cut-throat shaver in Wales – the first woman to take the title.

It likewise intends she’ll grow the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the tournament, held during May in a boxing ring in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

“I’ve always wanted to do it – be a barber, ” said Sophie.

“I was inspired by an old pal. A gentleman I studied with, he actually schooled me how to shave.

“I thought, you are familiar with, when I took on my own neighbourhood, I wanted to be like the other barbers – depict myself off, demonstrate the patronize – enter tournaments – not feeling I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being modest. She is no stranger to emulating in traditionally male arenas.

Outside of the barber shop, you are just as likely to find her donning hastening leathers and taking her motorbike out on the track.

She is wasting the Easter weekend in a track challenger where she will be up against her own papa, who passed on his heat for rush and bicycles to her.

“He’s faster than me though, ” she laughed.

At the hasten fulfils up and down the country, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s store, offering hardened bikers and race enthusiasts a trim or shave.

It is where she picked-up her name: The Cut-throat Racer.

And now she hopes her success can be an inspiration to other women who want to get into the industry.

“It’s actually moving the status of women out there fantasize: ‘You just knowing that – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself triumph something like that, perhaps it will encourage them to actually do it themselves – and not have to worry about being a woman taking part in a competition alongside men.

“Yes – it is daunting – but you’re just as good as them, and that’s how I detected on the day.”

But does the swaggering confidence carry back to the barber shop floor?

“When they come in and I get the razor out to scrape their neck, they panic, ” professes Sophie.

“They tend to have a gulp and grit their teeth, and I’m trying to tell them: ‘”Relax – it’s supposed to be tightening for you.

With a smile and a sly wink, she adds: “A lot of them do get nervous.

“A woman with a razor? No – actually? “

Yes certainly, the status of women with a razor who is on a mission to become one of the best cut-throat shavers in Britain.

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