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 light volume or texturising mousse to damp hair and blow dry in.

    Divide the hair into three sections.

    The first running from the arch of the eyebrow back across the side of the head and down to the nape of the neck.

    The second section is the hair on the top of the head across the forehead and back to the crown. The third section is the remaining hair on the side and back of the head.


    Loosely braid each section of hair onto the scalp.

    The braiding on the top section of hair should run close to the hairline, across the forehead and back to the crown.

    The three braided ponytails should be looped back up onto the head and secured with pins and grips.

    Pull at the braids to create a light flyaway texture and a halo of hair around the head.


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