Celebrity Hairstylist Oribe Canales Dies at 62

Oribe Canales
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Celebrity hairstylist Oribe Canales backstage with model Linda Evangelista at a fashion show at the Musee du Louvre in Paris, France in 1991.

Canales was mourned by Miley Cyrus, Evan Ross and Emily Ratajkowski.

Oribe Canales, one of the most beloved hairstylists in Hollywood, was mourned on Monday (Dec. 17) after he died at age 62, as a company spokeswoman confirmed to WWD. No additional information was known at press time about the cause of death.

The Cuban-born hairdresser worked with some of the most well-known supermodels of the 1980s and '90s (Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista), as well as celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus.

An official biography posted on Oribe's site describes his close ties to Lopez, explaining, "in 1997, Oribe's focus turned from fashion to the new faces of fashion: celebrities. This shift came via a new face to the music scene, Jennifer Lopez, who called for Oribe after a childhood spent reading his name in fashion magazines. He accompanied the rising star to Miami to shoot the cover of her first album, On the 6, for which he lightened her hair and pulled it tightly over a wig into a long ponytail. It was a done deal -- Sean Combs, her boyfriend at the time, told Lopez not to let Oribe get away, and she didn’t. Oribe worked with her during her meteoric rise (when he created the JLo persona with her) and at the heights of her millennial celebrity."

Oribe was also known for creating the distinctive hairstyles for the infamous Marc Jacobs 1992 grunge collection, as well as working with Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Rihanna, Meghan Markle, Cher and Barbra Streisand and creating looks for every major fashion magazine, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Marie Claire and many more.

While a spokesperson for Oribe Hair Care could not be reached for comment at press time, Canales' life was celebrated by a number of his fans, clients and fellow fashion industry peers. Check out some of the tributes below.


I am devastated to hear that my darling friend and work companion has past away. -- ORIBE is one of the great ‘original’ hairdressers whose iconic status grew along side the supermodels of the 80’ and 90’. He was a brilliant hairdresser and simply adored by all. I so looked forward to the days that I would be with him and the teams we had around us. He went on to create the great hair brand, ORIBE that everyone uses and is loved by all. Here we are in the nineties, holding each other close. He always had his arms around someone or dancing on set. No one made me feel more loved, and no one made me laugh so much. I love you. I am so sad you are gone our beautiful Oribe. The world of fashion and beauty has lost a great soul, and we will mourn that you have left us all behind while you have gone straight to heaven. RIP ORIBE ------ and my love and sympathy to his family @oribecanales #orbe #oribecanales #marygreenwell #mymgmakeup

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♥? I will love my Oribe forever. ♥? #family --

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Devastated over the loss of this man. The most handsome. The funniest. The one and only. Oribe.

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