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.
Chanel Métiers d’Art 2013 – LOOK 1: Ode to Mary Queen of Scots
Start by applying a medium hold hair mousse to damp hair before roughly blow-drying
Separate a section of hair at the top of the head, from the temples to the crown
From this, wrap even smaller sections in a figure-of-eight around long U-Shaped pins, sealing each wrap with a straightening iron to set. Allow to cool.
While the pins are cooling braid the remainder of hair into a series of small French braids: one section on each side of the head and then 3 – 4 sections at the back of the head depending on hair’s thickness
All the braids should run up from the hairline towards the crown of the head
Pin a small hair pad onto the top of the head, which will act as stuffing for the final style
Wrap the lengths of the braids around the hair pad and secure with pins
As the final step, take out the hair that is set on pins and comb out the tight curls into soft waves. Pull this section up and over the braid-wrapped bun, so that it becomes invisible, and secure again with fine pins.