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.

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  • CHANEL A/W 2012 SHOW

    Apply a strong hold mousse and gel to damp hair and brush back into a ponytail

    Hair above the ears should go straight back from temple to the occipital bone.

    The girls with short hair had their ponytail bound with elastic.

    Hair extensions were then wrapped around the bound ponytails and secured with fine pins.

    A small section of hair was gelled and wrapped around the base of the ponytail.

    The ponytails were straightened with hairspray.

    Serum was added to the ends of the ponytails and then ironed again.

    Gel was reapplied to the hair line to holds any fine hairs in place.

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