Farewell Oribe Canales – And Thank You For The Famous-Guy Grooming Moves

18 December 2018
Oribe Canales
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The super-stylist whose big break came via the pages of GQ.

The world of fashion, beauty – and yes, grooming – is mourning the loss of celebrity hairstylist and businessman Oribe Canales who died yesterday at the age of 62.

The Cuban-born American legend – simply known as Oribe, also the namesake of his widely successful, award-winning luxury haircare brand – is perhaps better known for creating the iconic ’80s and ’90s runway ‘dos for brands like Versace, Calvin Klein and the never-to-be-forgotten Spring 1993 grunge collection for Perry Ellis that got Marc Jacobs fired. (The latter move still making for one of the industry’s most defining moments.)

Oribe is also lauded for bestowing new hairstyles on supermodel friends Cindy Crawford and Lisa Evangelista, but what some may not know is that his very first editorial credit appeared in the pages of American GQ for the incredible coif-work done on both men and women. Not surprisingly then, a number of Oribe’s offerings, including his gel serum and hair spray, made GQ’s Best Hair Products of 2018 list.

After his mention in GQ, a breakthrough for Oribe, the hairstylist began working with more and more creatives, eventually finding himself contributing to every established magazine, including beauty-leader Allure and fashion bible Vogue. Some of Oribe’s more contemporary clients included Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, with Oribe and Lopez becoming close friends fast. (According to a biography on Oribe’s official website, Lopez’s boyfriend at the time, Sean Combs, told the American singer not to let Oribe go after he’d witnessed their work together.)

Oribe products are very much still part of the menswear style movement, with the haircare brand used regularly on models, including at this year’s New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

We’ve always felt confident including Oribe’s products on our editorial pages. We salute him for allowing us to get slicked back red carpet-ready hair as seen on Bradley Cooper lately, or for perfecting height and texture on guys like Joe Keery of Stranger Things.

Here’s to mister Oribe for ensuring men maintain their hair god goals.