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

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Media captionRazor sharp-witted: Defeating a cut-throat nature

It looks like a barber’s shop should. The scissors, the combs, the clippers and mirrors. Shelves of mane ‘product’ and containers of ‘barbicide’ disinfectant.

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

It’s where mortals can come to relax. For a haircut, a beard decoration, or even a full soggy 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 hamlet in north Wales for the male-dominated macrocosm of barbering.

It is four years since she set up shop in the quiet, picturesque Gwynedd village of Llanbedr – a plaza whose claims to prominence are a campsite on the coast brag 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 forming 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 too symbolizes she’ll grow 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 old-fashioned friend. A gentleman I studied with, he actually schooled me how to shave.

“I thought, you know, when I took on my own place, I wanted to be like the other barbers – demonstrate myself off, show the patronize – enter tournaments – not seeing I’d get as far as have.

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being modest. She is no stranger to rivalling 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 investing the Easter weekend in a trail rivalry where she will be up against her own leader, who passed on his fury for rate 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 patronize, offering hardened bikers and race 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 obliging the women out there suppose: ‘You just knowing that – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself prevail something like that, perhaps 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 seemed 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 scrape their cervix, they panic, ” confesses Sophie.

“They tend to have a gulp and grit their teeth, and I’m trying to tell them: ‘”Relax – it’s supposed to be loosening for you.

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

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

Yes actually, 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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