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

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Media captionRazor sharp-worded: Inhibiting a cut-throat nature

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

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

It’s where males can come to relax. For a haircut, a beard pare, or even a full moisten cut-throat razor shave.

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

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

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

She has just been named the best cut-throat shaver in Wales – the first female to take the title.

It also means she’ll grow the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the rival, held in 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-time pal. A gentleman I taught with, he actually schooled me how to scrape.

“I thought, you are familiar with, when I took on my own lieu, I wanted to be like the other barbers – present myself off, depict the store – enter rivalries – not seeing I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being meagre. 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 skins and taking her motorbike out on the track.

She is investing the Easter weekend in a track race where she will be up against her own father-god, who passed on his ardour for accelerate and bicycles to her.

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

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

It is where she picked-up her moniker: 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 establishing the women out there feel: ‘You just knowing that – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself triumph something like that, maybe 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 appeared 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 cervix, they panic, ” confesses Sophie.

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

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

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

Yes truly, a woman with a razor which is available on a mission to become one of best available cut-throat shavers in Britain.

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