A step-by-step guide to a Downton Abbey 1920's inspired hairstyle, for the amateur hairstylist.

Grab your glass of champagne and cheers to the premiere of Downton Abbey Season 4 on Sunday 12 April at 21:00 on BBC Entertainment (DStv Channel 120). We are going all out and donning 1920’s dresses and hairstyles.


Follow the step-by-step guide to achieve a Downton Abbey 1920’s inspired hairstyle, for the everyday girl and amateur hairstylist, like me.


  • Brush or Comb
  • Flat Iron
  • Hair Elastics
  • Hair Spray
  • Assortment of hair pins 


  • Best for unwashed hair
  • Suitable for hair longer than shoulder length


  • Brush and straighten your hair


  • Practice makes perfect - it took a lot of bobby pins to make my roll look like one

Step 1:

Part the hair in 4 sections: 3 even sectioned pony tails tied at the nape of the neck and 1 side part section at the front, temporarily secure with large hairclip. 

Step 2:

 Roll each pony tail up toward the head, use a large bobby pin to anchor and smaller bobby pins to secure. 

Step 3: 

Pinch all the rolls together with bobby pins. Pin all sides to create a uniformed connected roll, and to secure.

Side profile of secure and pinned roll.

Now we going to add some classic S-Curls to the 1920's updo, using our front side section. 

Step 4:

Divide the front side part section into smaller sections, spray with hairspray, use two fingers and roll the hair up to your head, and then clamp with a flat iron. 

(I pinned my bangs under the front side part section). 

You almost there.

Step 5: 

Pin and secure your front section S-Curls. Congrats you have a 1920's Downton Abbey inspired hairstyle.

Enjoy your new hairstyle and the season four premiere of Downton Abbey on Sunday 12 April at 21:00 CAT on BBC Entertainment (DStv Channel 120).


We don't take any responsibility for flirtatious behaviour coming your way and for any burn marks from your flat iron.