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.
what they say is true ….. my heart is in a thousand tiny pieces today….. can’t catch my breath ….. oh how I will miss my sweet friend @oribecanales Knowing I can’t call you right now to laugh , to talk hair , to talk life ,to talk shit, makes me shake in disbelief. Wish I could hug you , wish I could smell the familiar scent of when you walked in to a room. I’d do anything to tell you one more time how beautiful you make me feel …. I love you Oribe. & I Always will. —
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
RIP Oribe Canales, the lead hairstylist behind Marc Jacobs’ iconic ’90s grunge collection, whose clients included J. Lo, Gaga, Cher, Babs, Naomi and so many more. You will be missed; your talents never forgotten. pic.twitter.com/bFcE68FR0h
— ?van Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) December 17, 2018
Rest in Power, Oribe Canales. I am so grateful to have been able to work with you and know you. The king of hair, the king of Miami, the best smile. ?? pic.twitter.com/0L6BJyMyLm
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) December 17, 2018
— Niki Taylor (@NikiTaylorInc) December 17, 2018
Thank you @oribecanales for always making me feel so beautiful… thank u for making my Mom smile so big for this picture. We had so much fun this day with her new “hairpiece” that she… https://t.co/RDwfgwjOYL
— Tish Cyrus (@tishcyrus) December 17, 2018
This is the photo we did @voguemagazine when Oribe first launched his product line. We shot him w/ @cturlington, one of his most favorite models & muses. He was the kindest, most talented man. He ushered in the era of supermodel hair. He will be so, so missed. RIP @ORIBEcanales pic.twitter.com/ADfpgNUQk5
— Sarah Brown (@SBRogue) December 17, 2018
I’m sitting here in stunned silence at hearing about the passing of my dear friend @ORIBEcanales — When he got excited about his creations, he’d exclaim in triumph, “Genius!” because it was. What a spirit. What a talent. I’ll miss my fellow Cuban friend 4ever #RIPOribe #Oribe pic.twitter.com/ZhtsHiCDe5
— Richard Pérez-Feria (@RPerezFeria) December 17, 2018