The Hairdresser's handbook
My book is dedicated to the memory of Oribe, whose creative genius and boundless generosity inspired my career and reminds me to pay it forward.
Iconic hairdresser Oribe (“Or-Bay”) Canales is well-known by any hair student. I was extremely fortunate to call him a friend.
Oribe taught me not just about hair, he taught me about life. I still remember the first time I saw him. It was like seeing Elvis. He championed me almost right away, supporting me when I was doing hair for local fashion shows in Miami night clubs and even showing up and offering advice.
Because of Oribe, I have been able to work with virtually every major photographer and travel the world to experience fashion shows in Paris, Milan and NYC. Because of Oribe, I have been privileged to work with countless celebrities and global influencers as I continue to develop my career and establish brands like S. OIL and Renessence. I will be forever grateful that I was able to learn from a man who was not only a legendary hairdresser, but someone who was genuinely kind and sincere to those around him.
Oribe passed away in December of 2018, far too young (at 62) and with so much to still share with the world. This Handbook is my way of honoring the lessons he passed on to me – by passing them on to you.