Sam McKnight is one of the most accomplished and well-respected hair stylists of his generation. His name is synonymous with modern, sexy hair - whether it's in magazines, on the runway or the red carpet.

He's won countless awards but perhaps the biggest accolade is the longstanding creative collaborations he has maintained with some of the best names in the business - Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight and Mario Testino; Karl Lagerfeld/Chanel, Vivenne Westwood, Balmain and Fendi to name just a few.

In the fleeting world of fashin imagery Sam's permanence is fixed in some of the most iconic images in modern history - Princess Diana's short, slicked back style, Agyness Deyn's bleached blonde crop, Madonna's Bedtime Stories cover, Cate Blanchett getting her Oscar, Tilda Swinton channelling Bowie, both Lady Gaga and her male alter-ego Jo Calderone plus countless covers and editorial stories of Kate Moss and all the supermodels.

The longevity of Sam's carrer career - over 30 years - provides a fantastic back-catalogue of references to bring to his work and it is this and his search for the new that keeps him so in demand.

SHOWstudio - Sam McKnight Interview

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    Start by washing and conditioning your hair as this look is all about rich glossy hair so a 5-10 minute deep conditioning treatment will help with getting the look.

    Apply a smoothing mousse to damp hair and comb through from roots to ends.

    Blow-dry the hair with a large round pure bristle brush.

    If you have very dry ends use a heat protection product on the ends of your hair.

    Apply 2 drops of Pantene serum evenly onto your hands and then apply to the ends of your hair.

    Blow dry the serum into the ends of your hair with a pure bristle round brush.

    Roll each section of dried hair into a large pin curl and hold with a sectioning clip.

    When the hair is dry allow it to fall naturally into a center parting.

    Lightly backcomb the hair at the around the crown to create height and texture.

    Brush the top layer of hair with a flat bristle brush this will smooth the top layer of hair without removing the backcombing.

    Control any flyaway hairs with a light layer of hairspray.

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    Pantene Conditioning Treatment
    Pantene Smooth and Sleek mousse
    Pantene Volume & Body Hairspray Ultra strong
    Pantene Repair & Protect Serum