A successful hairdresser from Donegal has survived his first round of a hair-raising competition on E4.

Raymond Bryson from Castlefin has proven he’s a cut above the rest by joining the line-up of ‘ The Big Blow Out ‘ series which started on Monday. The programme follows 11 promising hairdressers as they are challenged to create unique looks in a battle to be the first ever The Big Blow Out champion.

Raymond Bryson

Raymond left Donegal 11 years ago to make his mark as a stylist in central London. Just as his career was taking off, he began losing his hair over two years and he began wearing wigs.

The experience with alopecia, he says, has given him a deeper understanding of hair and the safety net it gives to people.

The 34-year-old told his personal story through his first assigned look for the Big Blow Out competition which aired last night.

The Big Blow Out contestants. Photo: E4

Raymond’s skills got him through to round two, but as the competition heats up, he could well be drawing from his second trade to creatively navigate the judges’ tasks.

Raymond originally studied Law in Dublin before transitioning to hairdressing. Now a great all-rounder, he is experienced in both salon and session styling. He has worked a few fashion weeks where he has helped with Avant Garde looks including making hair cages. He enjoys cutting and colouring because he loves the transformations that can happen.

As the eight-part series continues, Raymond’s family, friends and colleagues will be cheering him on and looking forward to more of his ‘to dye for’ creations.

Watch The Big Blow Out on E4 on Mondays at 10pm.