Oribe (hairdresser)

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Oribe Canales

September 13, 1956
Died (aged 62)
OccupationHairdresser, businessman
Years active1976–2018

Oribe Canales (September 13, 1956 – 17 December 2018), known professionally as Oribe, was a Cuban-born American hairstylist. His name is pronounced oh-REE-beh, because it is a Spanish name, but the brand is pronounced or-BAY, because when he moved to the US, people in his hometown couldn't say it properly and the mispronunciation stuck.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Oribe was born in Jaruco, Cuba, on September 13, 1956, and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1962.[1] They settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.


In 1976, Oribe moved to New York City.[4] It was while working at the Garren at the Plaza salon that Oribe received his first editorial credit, from the magazine GQ.[2] He then started working with photographer Steven Meisel and makeup artist François Nars.[4] In 1987, Oribe established his first salon in New York City's Upper West Side.[5][6] In 1990, he opened a salon on the 10th floor of the Elizabeth Arden salon, on Fifth Avenue in New York City,[1][7] after having been introduced to the cosmetics company by the model Vendela.[4]

Oribe styled models' hair at fashion shows for fashion houses such as Versace, Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein, and Chanel.[1] He was also known for having given a new look to supermodels such as Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford.[8]

He died on 17 December 2018, aged 62.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d Perez, Juan Carlos (December 22, 1991). "A CAREER TO DYE FOR: HAIRSTYLIST TO THE STARS". The Miami Herald. p. 1J.
  2. ^ a b People Magazine, "Hair Force" Sept 16, 1991.
  3. ^ "Language Log: Spanish in Charlotte in 1965".
  4. ^ a b c Lucire Magazine, "Issue 14"
  5. ^ ShowStudio Contributor: "Oribe"
  6. ^ New York Times, "Style Makers: Oribe" Mar 5, 1989
  7. ^ New York Times "Rise. Fall. Repeat." Jun 16, 2005
  8. ^ Williams IV, John-John (October 11, 2010). "Q&A with stylist to the stars Oribe". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  9. ^ Nast, Condé (17 December 2018). "Oribe Canales, Legendary Hairstylist, Has Passed Away". Allure. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Lopez, Miley Cyrus, supermodels mourn hairstylist Oribe Canales". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-12-17.

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