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

It looks like a barber’s shop should. The scissors, the comb, the clippers and reflects. Shelves of “hairs-breadth” ‘product’ and jars of ‘barbicide’ disinfectant.

There’s a theme going on too – it called motorcycles. From the skin case hanging on the wall, to petroleum and tyre paraphernalia, and biking photos.

It’s where males can come to loosen. For a haircut, a beard trimming, 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 rural hamlet in north Wales for the male-dominated macrocosm of barbering.

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

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

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

It too entails she’ll become 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 sidekick. A gentleman I trained with, he actually learnt me how to scrape.

“I thought, you know, when I took on my own target, I wanted to be like the other barbers – testify myself off, prove the store – enter rivalries – not contemplating I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

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

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

She is wasting the Easter weekend in a way tournament where she will be up against her own papa, who passed on his fury for speed and bikes to her.

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

At the race encounters up and down the two countries, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s browse, offering hardened bikers and hasten 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 stirring the status of women out there belief: ‘You just knowing that – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

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

“Yes – it is daunting – but you’re just as good as them, and that’s how I felt 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, ” acknowledges Sophie.

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

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

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

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

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