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

It looks like a barber’s shop should. The scissors, the combing, the clippers and reflects. Shelves of mane ‘product’ and flasks of ‘barbicide’ disinfectant.

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

It’s where people can come to tighten. For a haircut, a whisker adornment, or even a full soak 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 rural village in northern 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 plaza whose claims to popularity are a campsite on the coast boasting it is the biggest in Europe, and an ex-Raf airfield that wants to become an international room port.

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

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

It likewise makes she’ll become the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the challenger, 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 age-old pal. A gentleman I instructed with, he actually schooled me how to scrape.

“I thought, you know, when I took on my own residence, I wanted to be like the other barbers – show myself off, evidence the store – enter contenders – not believing I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being meagre. 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 expending the Easter weekend in a racetrack competitor where she will be up against her own father, who passed on his anger for hasten and bicycles to her.

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

At the race converges up and down the country, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s shop, 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 forming the status of women out there guess: ‘You know what – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself triumph something like that, maybe 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 seemed on the day.”

But does the swaggering confidence restate back to the barber shop floor?

“When they come in and I get the razor out to scrape their cervix, they panic, ” admits 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 wink, she adds: “A lot of them do get nervous.

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

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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