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

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Media captionRazor sharp-worded: Overcoming a cut-throat world-wide

It consider this to be 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 topic going on too – it screams motorcycles. From the skin casing hanging on the wall, to petroleum and tyre paraphernalia, and biking photos.

It’s where humanities can come to loosen. For a haircut, a beard adornment, or even a full soaking 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 hamlet in north Wales for the male-dominated world-wide of barbering.

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

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

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

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

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

“I was inspired by an old friend. A gentleman I learnt with, he actually educated me how to shave.

“I thought, you are familiar with, when I took on my own plaza, I wanted to be like the other barbers – prove myself off, prove the browse – enter contenders – not feeling I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being meagre. She is no stranger to playing 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 track challenger where she will be up against her own father, who passed on his joy for quicken and motorcycles to her.

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

At the race encounters up and down the two countries, Sophie is also known to set-up her own mobile barber’s store, offering hardened bikers and hasten enthusiasts a trim or shave.

It is where she picked-up her moniker: 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 drawing the women out there conclude: ‘You know what – I’ve always 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 detected 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, ” acknowledges 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 lends: “A lot of them do get nervous.

“A woman with a razor? No – truly? “

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

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