Acclaimed hairstylist Oribe Canales — who was prominent enough to drop his last name — passed away today at the age of 62. Among his most famous clients was Jennifer Lopez, who posted a moving tribute to the stylist on her Instagram page praising his talent, his heart, and how he helped craft the larger-than-life JLo persona that fans know and love.
Posted alongside a photo of Canales working his magic on her famous mane, Lopez mentioned how she'd admired his work since she was a teenager. When it came time for her to capture the spotlight, she knew that she had to have the guy behind the hair she'd remembered from magazines.
"When I was 16 I was fascinated with Vogue magazine I would ride on the train and look at all the images of the supermodels and I was obsessed with the hair!! When I saw an image I loved I would check who did it and it was always someone named Oribe... Wow... he’s amazing I would think!!" she wrote. "Cut to years later I was making my first album. I started working with Benny Medina and he said to me we have to do an album cover shoot who do you want for hair and makeup... honestly I was so new to the industry I knew no one and remembered my time flipping thru those magazines on the 6 and said ummm Oribe and Kevin Aucoin... Benny laughed and said oh OK!"
The rest is history. Lopez is undeniably a multi-hyphenate wonder, but whether she's singing, acting, dancing, or hosting, she's got a head of hair that people everywhere envy. In her caption, she added that working with Canales was a wonderful experience and went beyond just being colleagues. They were close friends and thanks to his ability to make her feel beautiful and special, she became the JLo we all know today. She ended her note with a broken-heart emoji, a thank you, and a sweet good-bye.
"The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment," she continued. "We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO."
In addition to Lopez, Canales counted Lady Gaga, Cher, Barbra Streisand, and Kate Moss among his famous clientele. Many also paid tribute to the legend today, including Cindy Crawford, who wrote "Oribe — you will be missed! Your incredible talent, your charm and good looks and just enough bad boy to keep us all laughing!" and Christy Turlington, who noted, "Devastated over the loss of this man. The most handsome. The funniest. The one and only. Oribe."