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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 theme going on too – it hollered motorcycles. From the skin casing hanging on the wall, to lubricant and tyre paraphernalia, and biking photos.

It’s where mortals can come to relax. For a haircut, a whisker decorate, or even a full soaked cut-throat razor shave.

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

It is four years since she set up store in the quiet, picturesque Gwynedd village of Llanbedr – a plaza 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 seat port.

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

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

It too necessitates she’ll become the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the rivalry, 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 friend. A gentleman I learnt with, he actually schooled me how to scrape.

“I thought, you are familiar with, when I took on my own plaza, I wanted to be like the other barbers – testify myself off, prove the patronize – enter races – not envisioning 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 leathers and taking her motorbike out on the track.

She is wasting the Easter weekend in a track competitor where she will be up against her own parent, who passed on his rage for speed and bicycles to her.

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

At the hasten convenes 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 nickname: 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 envisage: ‘You know what – 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 detected 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 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 tightening for you.

With a smile and a sly glint, 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 who is on a mission to become one of the best cut-throat shavers in Britain.

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