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

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Media captionRazor sharp: Quelling a cut-throat macrocosm

It consider this to be a barber’s patronize should. The scissors, the comb, the clippers and reflects. Shelves of fuzz ‘product’ and cups of ‘barbicide’ disinfectant.

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

It’s where men can come to tighten. 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 colors, blue-rinses and shampoo-and-sets in a small urban village in north Wales for the male-dominated nature of barbering.

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

But this spring, “its by” Sophie stirring the headlines in the village, in northern Wales – and beyond.

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

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

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

“I was inspired by an old-fashioned friend. A gentleman I improved with, he actually taught me how to shave.

“I thought, you know, when I took on my own region, I wanted to be like the other barbers – demo myself off, prove the patronize – enter contenders – not conceiving I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being meagre. 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 skins and taking her motorbike out on the track.

She is spending the Easter weekend in a line rivalry where she will be up against her own leader, who passed on his ardour for acceleration and motorcycles to her.

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

At the hasten fulfils up and down the country, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s browse, 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 doing the women out there think: ‘You know what – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself win 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 felt 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, ” 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 includes: “A lot of them do get nervous.

“A woman with a razor? No – really? “

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

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