Princess Diana's Hairstylist Reveals His Favorite Hair Products of All Time

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For W magazine, by Jane Larkworthy.

Books about hair don’t usually make me cry, but Hair by Sam McKnight ($55, rizzoliusa.com) sure did. Filled with gorgeous photos, charming anecdotes, like the time the stylist played a butler in a short film for Chanel, and insider tidbits—he declares Gisele Bündchen the best photo-shoot hair flipper—the book also includes a moving section devoted to McKnight’s relationship with Princess Diana. An accompanying exhibition is on view at Somerset House, in London (November 2 through March 12, 2017). If you go, you might consider bringing a hankie. It's about time McKnight had such a moment–he's been in the hair business for 30 years. Here, the legendary hairstylist offers up a list of his favorite products that he relies on both backstage and on set.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Crème, $7, target.com I recently used this as the DSquared AW’16 show. We applied it through the hair, section by section, to give natural body and movement.

L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Shower Shine Lacquer Shine Spray, $24, us.lorealprofessionnel.com This product gives great texture and shine. I used it at the Balmain Autumn/Winter 2016 show from the mid lengths of the hair through to the ends to add more of a gritty textured finish.

Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Crème, $34, moroccanoil.com This is great for calming flyaways and to create soft, clean texture to hair. Perfect for creating a smooth look.

Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom, $24, kiehls.com This is another one of my go-to products at shows. It helps to create a soft texture and reduces flyaways without being overly heavy.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $44, oribe.com Like dry shampoo but with more guts, this spray is brilliant for when you’re building a graphic hairstyle. And it stays in place until it’s washed out.

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