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

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Media captionRazor sharp: Curbing a cut-throat world-wide

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

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

It’s where people can come to loosen. For a haircut, a whisker trim, 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 rural village in north Wales for the male-dominated world of barbering.

It is four years since she set up store in the quiet, picturesque Gwynedd village of Llanbedr – a neighbourhood 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 infinite port.

But this spring, it is Sophie representing the headlines in the hamlet, in northern Wales – and beyond.

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

It also symbolizes she’ll grow the very first female barber to make it to the UK finals of the race, 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 developed with, he actually educated me how to shave.

“I thought, you are familiar with, when I took on my own residence, I wanted to be like the other barbers – indicate myself off, demonstrate the browse – enter competitions – not guessing 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 racing skins and taking her motorbike out on the track.

She is investing the Easter weekend in a trail contender where she will be up against her own leader, who passed on his ardour for speed and bikes to her.

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

At the race assembles 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 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 moving the women out there reckon: ‘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 were participating 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 shave 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 adds: “A lot of them do get nervous.

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

Yes actually, 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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