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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    First dampen the hair and part low on the side of the head, from just below the arch of the eye diagonally towards the crown.

    Apply a texturising spray and then roughly blow-dry with fingers. Repeat two or three times to get a really beachy texture.

    Then spray one final layer of salt spray and leave to dry naturally so that hair becomes separated at the ends.

    Braid three small sections of hair: The first from the parting near the hairline; the second from behind the left ear; and the third on the right at the nape of the neck.

    Then tie in to a half up, half down style with a clear elastic band, so both the second and third braids are visible.

    The remaining hair is gathered up, rolled loosely into the back of the head and then secured with pins and grips.

    Encourage some strands to fall out of this messy chignon to created a more nonchalant effect.

    Recommended Prodcuts:
    Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair
    Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray