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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    Apply a strong hold mousse to freshly washed and conditioned hair and blow-dry back away from the face.

    Apply a salt spray or texturising spray to the hair to give it a damp texture.

    Take a triangular section of hair in the centre of the head and wrap it flat into the head using pins.

    The hair at the top, sides and along the hairline is left out to be used later.

    Take hair from one side of the head and pull it across the flattened hair at the back of the head, secure with flat grips. Do the same on the other side, pleating it into the back of the head and secure with pins.

    The hair from the top of the head should then be brushed back and the ends are rolled into a chignon and secured with pins and grips.

    Finish with hairspray.

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