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 and gel to the hair.

    Pull all the hair straight back and secure with hooked elastic.

    Apply the mousse and gel to the ponytail.

    Comb the ponytail smooth.

    Pull the ponytail straight out from the back of the head.

    Place the handle of a round brush under the ponytail approximately 6-7cm from its base.

    Smooth the ponytail over the brush handle and bring the end of the ponytail back into meet the base of the ponytail.

    Secure with second hooked elastic.

    Take a small section of hair and wrap around the base of the looped hair to cover the elastics.

    For the show a thigh-length fine ponytail in either black or white was added into the looped hair and secured with elastic.

    Frederick Fekkai COIFF Extra Control Styling Gel
    Hair spray Sebastian Shaper Fierce
    AVEDA Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightened (For the hair at the back of the head)