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

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

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

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

It’s where souls can come to relax. For a haircut, a beard trimming, or even a full soaked 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 north Wales for the male-dominated nature of barbering.

It is four years since she set up browse in the quiet, picturesque Gwynedd village of Llanbedr – a residence whose claims to popularity are a campsite on the coast brag 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 building the headlines in the village, in north Wales – and beyond.

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

It too intends she’ll become the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the tournament, 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-time acquaintance. A gentleman I civilized with, he actually schooled me how to scrape.

“I thought, you are familiar, when I took on my own place, I wanted to be like the other barbers – indicate myself off, testify the patronize – enter rivals – not guessing I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being modest. She is no stranger to emulating 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 investing the Easter weekend in a line competition where she will be up against her own papa, who passed on his passion for accelerate and bikes to her.

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

At the race fulfils up and down the country, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s shop, 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 realise the women out there contemplate: ‘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 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 scrape their cervix, 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 relaxing for you.

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

“A woman with a razor? No – really? “

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

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