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How to be a Downton lady for the party season

From Downton to Dublin -- there is a new hair-raising trend making waves on the party scene this Christmas.

Forgot the GHD curl, the old-school up-style is making a comeback as hair gets a lift this party season.

A new craze inspired by Downton Abbey is beginning to take hold as young Irish women look for something different.

The Downton Tilt hairstyle is a modern take on the early 19th-century classic.

It has been created by renowned Dublin hairdresser David Marshall.

"It's all about adding a modern edge to a feminine and romantic hairstyle. It's very soft and is perfect for the party season," said Mr Marshall, who opened his salon in 1974.

While the sophisticated up-do is influenced by Downton Abbey, the hairstyles created by the Dublin-based salon are quite different to the traditional look and take on a more trendy twist.

But would a new take on an old-fashioned style really sit well with a young woman looking for the perfect hair to go with a glam party frock?

I took the plunge and entered the David Marshall Hairdressing School on Fade Street in the city centre.

As I journeyed back to the early 1900s, my hair went to heights that it's never reached before.


A fan of the loose waves and long hair, I sat in the chair in the bustling city-centre salon expecting the worst.

I was left in the capable hands of hairdresser Danielle Doyle (20) who informed me that it was necessary to fix my hair in tight corkscrew curls before starting the up-style.

As my hair got bigger and bigger, I groaned inwardly and backcombing was the order of the day as the style began to take shape.

According to Mr Marshall, who supervised the creation, my own style resembled that of "an asymmetric, soft, feminine version of the Downton Tilt".

My cache of curls was scooped together on one side, while the top section of my hair was boosted and swept over to the same side.

Despite my initial hesitation, the final result was pleasing to the eye.

The classy up-do gave the effect of a fashionable but understated look.

And for a short time at least I felt like Lady Mary Crawley herself, minus the Edwardian-style dresses, of course.

I could definitely see the hairdo looking well on the work-party dance floor or at a wedding. With a can of hairspray and buckets loads of wax, I was ensured that the soft but firm up-style would not come loose.