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

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Media captionRazor sharp: Defeating a cut-throat world

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

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

It’s where followers can come to relax. For a haircut, a beard trim, or even a full soggy 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 village in northern Wales for the male-dominated world of barbering.

It is four years since she set up patronize in the quiet, picturesque Gwynedd village of Llanbedr – a target whose claims to renown are a campsite on the coast feature 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 shaping the headlines in the hamlet, in northern Wales – and beyond.

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

It too represents she’ll become the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the competition, 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 sidekick. A gentleman I studied with, he actually learnt me how to scrape.

“I thought, you know, when I took on my own neighbourhood, I wanted to be like the other barbers – establish myself off, show the browse – enter rivals – not contemplating I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being modest. She is no stranger to contesting 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 spending the Easter weekend in a racetrack tournament where she will be up against her own parent, who passed on his ardour for quicken and bicycles 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 patronize, offering hardened bikers and hasten 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 reaching the women out there feel: ‘You know what – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself win something like that, maybe 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 translate 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 loosening for you.

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

“A woman with a razor? No – truly? “

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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