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

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Media captionRazor sharp: Suppressing a cut-throat world-wide

It looks like a barber’s browse should. The scissors, the comb, the clippers and reflects. Shelves of hair ‘product’ and cups of ‘barbicide’ disinfectant.

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

It’s where boys can come to loosen. For a haircut, a beard pare, or even a full moisten 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 macrocosm of barbering.

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

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

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

It likewise means she’ll become the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the contender, held in May in a boxing ring in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

“I’ve always wanted to do it – be a barber, ” spoke Sophie.

“I was inspired by an age-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 – prove myself off, indicate the shop – enter competitors – not imagining I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being meagre. She is no stranger to playing 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 challenger where she will be up against her own leader, who passed on his rage for rate and motorcycles to her.

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

At the race matches up and down the country, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s store, offering hardened bikers and race 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 making the women out there see: ‘You “know what i m thinking” – 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 invited to participate 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 carry back to the barber shop floor?

“When they come in and I get the razor out to shave their neck, they panic, ” professes 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 truly, a woman with a razor which is available on a mission to become one of best available cut-throat shavers in Britain.

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