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

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

It looks like a barber’s shop 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 leather coat hanging on the wall, to oil and tyre paraphernalia, and biking photos.

It’s where humanities can come to tighten. For a haircut, a beard pare, or even a full moisten 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 urban hamlet 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 target whose claims to popularity are a campsite on the coast brag it is the biggest in Europe, and an ex-Raf airfield that wants to become an international seat port.

But this spring, it is Sophie constructing the headlines in the village, in north Wales – and beyond.

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

It also necessitates she’ll grow the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the competitor, 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 sidekick. A gentleman I developed with, he actually educated me how to scrape.

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

“I was quite shocked.”

Perhaps she is being modest. She is no stranger to competing 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 investing the Easter weekend in a trail rivalry where she will be up against her own papa, who passed on his heat for velocity and motorcycles to her.

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

At the race gratifies up and down the country, 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 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 inducing the women out there conclude: ‘You know what – I’ve always wanted to do it’.

“Maybe seeing myself triumph something like that, maybe it will encourage them to actually do it themselves – and not have to worry about being a woman were participating 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 carry back to the barber shop floor?

“When they come in and I get the razor out to scrape 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 includes: “A lot of them do get nervous.

“A woman with a razor? No – really? “

Yes genuinely, 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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