Adele‘s voice may be iconic, but Adele’s hair? Well, that started trending in its own right after the singer dropped the artwork for the cover of her album, 30. And while 25 was all about the liner with a zoomed-in shot of Adele’s eyes, 30 saw a side-profile of Adele headlined by the most phenomenal, swishy blow dry. Since then Adele’s hair game has been on point for every single appearance since and the blow dry has had a modern makeover with over 556 million views on TikTok. Her secret? Hair stylist, Sami Knight, who also counts Dua Lipa, Sydney Sweeney, Lily Rose Depp and Rita Ora as clients. His secret? Don’t worry, we got in touch to mine him for all the pro tips to next-level, A-lister hair.
Your clients’ hair has to perform as hard as they do, how do you ensure your styles stay looking perfect all day and night long?
“For me keeping the integrity and health of the hair is always priority number one. If your hair is in bad shape, it’s going to show. The more damaged it is, the more it has to be fixed with extensions, hair pieces, and clip-ins. Good strong hair is the best foundation. After that comes good styling prep. I almost always prepare hair with a volume mousse or spray and blow dry that in to give the hair some grit. This is especially important on extra silky hair to give some stickiness that makes the style hold all night.
If you’re wearing your hair down in curls, make sure you let the curls really set in, give the hair time to heat up, and to cool down. The style is set in the cooling of the shape, just as much as the heating up – both are important. For finishing, hairspray is a must, I tend to build hairspray up in layers for the best hold. Don’t spray one whole can all over your style in one go, use several lighter layers, and let them dry in between. This will last much longer, and it won’t flake, or take away any of your natural shine. It’s also much easier to brush out, when you finally head to bed.”
What hair trends are you really excited about?
“I’m really excited about people embracing their natural hair textures. I think we can move past frazzling our hair with flat irons and erasing our kinks, waves and coils. Modern hair for me is all about learning how to get the best out of your texture. Even if you’ve got a wild mass of frizzy tresses, be proud of it. Brush it out and wear it with joy. Health is key here, making sure your hair is nourished, not over-washed, heat-styled, etc. Love your hair and give it the same attention and care you would to your skincare.
I recommend sulphate free shampoos and conditioners, regular deep conditioning masks, and remember to boost that strength, shine, and condition with a hair oil. I love Rehab Dose 1.0, and I use it after every wash. I’ve really noticed a difference in my hair. Not only is it healthier looking, but my hair seems to have more of a wave to it now, which is what happens when your hair is super healthy, more of the natural pattern has the chance to come out.”