Oribe Canales, a celebrity hairstylist who rose to fame before launching his eponymous line of styling products, has died, a company spokeswoman confirmed. He was 62.
Canales was known as one of the industry’s great hairdressers. He worked with celebrities including Jennifer Lopez and models including Naomi Campbell. He was a mainstay at fashion week, where he designed runway-ready locks for big names like Chanel, before going on to launch his product line.
Members of the beauty community took to Instagram Monday to share their sorrows.
Mally Roncal, the makeup artist behind Mally Beauty, wrote: “There are no words to express what you mean to me, all you did for me and the time we spent together. I love you so much.”
Makeup artist Mary Greenwell called Canales one of the “great original hairdressers.”
She posted an older photo of the two of them together, saying, “Here we are in the Nineties, holding each other close. He always had his arms around someone or dancing on set.…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.”
While the likes of Miley Cyrus, Cindy Crawford and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele and more are pouring out the tributes on Instagram and other social platforms, it’s Jennifer Lopez who many were most waiting to hear from.
Canales and Jennifer Lopez have a long history together, working togeter on looks for the star from the Nineties, alongside makeup artist Scott Barnes and then-stylist Andrea Lieberman — the glam squad that introduced the world to J.Lo as we know her. Canales started styling Lopez’s hair in 1997, for her debut album, “On the 6.”
Oribe created many looks for the star, notably an extreme Sixties-inspired bouffant for the 2002 Oscars. The look, widely panned, but according to the late hairstylists site, “Lopez had the good taste to absolutely love it.”
See what Jennifer Lopez said on Instagram about the passing of her friend and collaborator.