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

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

It’s where people can come to tighten. For a haircut, a beard decorate, or even a full soaking cut-throat razor shave.

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

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

But this spring, “its by” Sophie obligating the headlines in the hamlet, in northern Wales – and beyond.

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

It also signifies she’ll grow the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the competition, 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 pal. A gentleman I qualified with, he actually educated me how to scrape.

“I thought, you are familiar with, when I took on my own situate, I wanted to be like the other barbers – evidence myself off, demo the patronize – enter challengers – not reckoning I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being meagre. 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 line rival where she will be up against her own father, who passed on his joy for quicken and bikes to her.

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

At the race convenes up and down the two countries, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s shop, 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 making the status of women out there speculate: ‘You know what – 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 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 shave their neck, 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 wink, she includes: “A lot of them do get nervous.

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

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

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