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

It looks like a barber’s patronize should. The scissors, the combs, the clippers and reflects. Shelves of mane ‘product’ and cups of ‘barbicide’ disinfectant.

There’s a theme going on too – it screams motorcycles. From the skin coat hanging on the wall, to oil and tyre paraphernalia, and biking photos.

It’s where servicemen can come to tighten. For a haircut, a whisker decorate, 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 village 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 target whose claims to renown are a campsite on the coast boasting it is the biggest in Europe, and an ex-Raf airfield that wants to become an international cavity port.

But this spring, “its by” Sophie obliging the headlines in the hamlet, in north Wales – and beyond.

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

It too entails she’ll grow the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the race, held in May in a boxing ring in Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.

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

“I was inspired by an old acquaintance. A gentleman I studied with, he actually taught me how to shave.

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

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being modest. She is no stranger to contesting 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 spending the Easter weekend in a line rival where she will be up against her own father-god, who passed on his fervour for speeding and bicycles to her.

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

At the race assembles up and down the country, 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 becoming the status of women out there repute: ‘You know what – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself acquire something like that, maybe 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 restate 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 relaxing for you.

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

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

Yes really, 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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