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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    Apply a strong mousse to damp freshly washed and conditioned hair.

    Blow-dry all the hair back away from the face creating lots of root lift and volume.

    Taking one small sections of hair at a time gently backcomb all the hair, concentrating on the crown and top of the head creating as much height as possible.


    Brush the hair up and back with a smooth flat bristle brush this will help smooth the hair without brushing out the backcombing.

    Gather the hair into the nape of the neck and secure into a ponytail with a snag free elastic.
    Loosely wrap the remaining hair from the ponytail into a small chignon securing with pins and grips.


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