Barber backchat: hj men interviews sophie collins
02nd May 2019
Welsh barbershop owner and The Bluebeards Revenge ambassador Sophie Collins reveals her love of motorbikes and gin in HJ Men's Barber Backchat interview.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Competitive, ambitious and funny.
What’s your biggest achievement so far?
It’s difficult to choose between running my own barbershop (Soph’s Barbershop
in Gwynedd, Wales) and working as an ambassador for The Bluebeards Revenge. I help the male grooming brand to develop new products and promote the professional range at trade shows. I hope that female barbers see me as an inspiration as I want to help promote gender equality in our industry.
What’s your favourite creation?
The ‘upside down skin fade’ I created for the NHF Blackpool Hairdressing Competitions in March. I wanted to create a haircut that demonstrated my techniques. It shows off a fade working both upwards and downwards.
What’s the last thing you do before bed?
I scroll through Instagram and check out other barbers’ work. I’m always keen to learn new techniques and trends.
Who are your favourite barbers to follow on Instagram?
I follow a few but Barber Josh (@barber.josh.o.p) is one of my favourites. He makes cutting hair look like art and posts lots of inspirational quotes.
What’s your favourite piece of art?
Sunflowers by Van Gogh.
Where would we find you at a party?
By the gin – it’s definitely my favourite tipple.
Do you have any hobbies?
I race motorbikes in my spare time and I have done since I was just five years old. I also cut hair at the race meetings so I’m able to combine my two passions in life.
What’s next on your bucket list?
I want to start offering seminars, teaching and I’d like to employ more barbers.
What’s the last gift you received?
A skiing holiday for Christmas.
Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
My mum – she is my rock and has helped me to believe in myself.
If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be?
The Queen as I’d be intrigued to see how she works.
What hair product can’t you live without?
The Bluebeards Revenge Shampoo – it’s the best I’ve ever tried.
What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Getting to the final of Britain’s Best Shave in 2017 and holding the coveted Welsh title for the Best Wet Shaving Barber in 2017 and 2018.
If your office was on fire, what’s the one thing you’d save?
My handbag of course!
What would you be if you weren’t a barber?
That’s easy, I would be a motorcycle technician.
Where’s your happy place?
Sophie Collins' Quick Fire Round
Cats or dogs?
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
Dining out or eating in?
City pad or country retreat?
Invisibility or ability to fly?
The ability to fly would be incredible.
Plain or spicy food?
Spicy, I love a good curry.
This interview with Sophie Collins first appeared in the Summer issue of HJ Men.