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

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It looks like a barber’s shop should. The scissors, the combs, the clippers and reflects. Shelves of fuzz ‘product’ and flasks 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 men can come to relax. For a haircut, a whisker adornment, or even a full soaking cut-throat razor shave.

She is a 25 -year-old former hairdresser, who has swapped colours, blue-rinses and shampoo-and-sets in a small urban hamlet 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 place 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 drawing the headlines in the hamlet, in north Wales – and beyond.

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

It too means she’ll grow the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the rivalry, 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 age-old acquaintance. A gentleman I developed with, he actually educated me how to shave.

“I thought, you are familiar with, when I took on my own region, I wanted to be like the other barbers – testify myself off, depict the shop – enter races – not considering I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being modest. She is no stranger to competing 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 wasting the Easter weekend in a trail challenger where she will be up against her own leader, who passed on his fervour for rush and bikes 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 browse, 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 realise the women out there envisage: ‘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 seemed 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 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 tightening for you.

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

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

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

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