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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    Hair should be squeaky clean and freshly washed. If your hair is curly then it should be blow-dried first using a wide-bristle paddle brush.

    Take a small section of hair about 3cm deep at the nape of the neck and braid.

    Wrap the braid into the nape of the neck and pin flat to the head horizontally, this will be the anchor for your style.

    Sweep hair into a side parting, using the point where brows naturally arch as a guideline.

    Pull the hair back off the face, gently gather and secure the very ends of the hair with a small snag-free elastic.

    Take a hair sausage and starting at the tips of the hair, start to roll the stuffing up into the hair until you reach the nape of the neck.

    Secure the rolled hair with a grip into the base of the head, using the braid as an anchor point.

    Push two clear hair combs into the hair to control the side sweep and lightly secure with kirby grips just behind the ears.

    Encourage flyaways by pulling out wisps of hair.

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