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

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Media captionRazor sharp: Defeating a cut-throat nature

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

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

It’s where humanities 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 gradations, blue-rinses and shampoo-and-sets in a small rural 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 neighbourhood 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 cavity port.

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

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

It likewise intends she’ll become the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the rival, held under 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 sidekick. A gentleman I civilized with, he actually taught me how to shave.

“I thought, you are familiar, when I took on my own target, I wanted to be like the other barbers – present myself off, establish the store – enter competitions – not contemplating 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 spending the Easter weekend in a way race where she will be up against her own father, who passed on his affection for accelerate and motorcycles to her.

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

At the hasten encounters up and down the two countries, 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 name: 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 realizing the status of women out there imagine: ‘You is common knowledge that – I’ve ever wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself prevail 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 felt 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, ” 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 tightening for you.

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

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

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

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