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Last updated: December 17, 2018

Oribe Canales, Industry Icon & Co-Founder Of Oribe Hair Care, Has Passed Away

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Industry legend Oribe Canales has passed away at the age of 62. Known for iconic runway looks and extensive editorial collaborations, Oribe co-founded Oribe Hair Care.


Born in Jaruco, Cuba in 1956, Oribe worked with Garren in New York City and soon received his first editorial credit in GQ. A partnership with famed photographer Steven Meisel in the late ’80s and and working with Gianni Versace in the early ’90s catapulted him to star status. He also founded the Oribe Agency during this time, which represented names such as Laura Mercier, Nars, Kevin Mancuso, Bobbi Brown, Serge Normant, Danilo and Jimmy Paul. Oribe opened his Fifth Avenue salon at Elizabeth Arden in New York City in 1991. founder Mary Rector-Gable and Oribe Canales
BTC Founder & Creative Director Mary Rector-Gable interviewing Oribe Canales in Miami in 2013.


Jennifer Lopez requested Oribe by name after growing up reading his name in fashion magazines. He created the look for the cover of J.Lo’s first album, “On the 6,” by lightening her hair and pulling it tightly over a wig into a long ponytail. Oribe created the J.Lo persona with the legendary artist, and he had full license to use his editorial sensibility.



Throughout the 2000s, Oribe continued to collaborate with well-known editorial photographers such as Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott on shoots like the W Magazine 2003 shoot of Kate Moss as Marilyn Monroe. He’s worked on countless covers of Vogue, red carpet hair for A-list celebs and ad campaigns and runway shows for iconic fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel.


In 2008, Oribe launched Oribe Hair Care—a collection of high-end and high-performance products made with innovative technology and luxurious ingredients.


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