Let’s make a difference with the #8or8 challenge and Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

**This post is dedicated to the sweet Miami blogger Angeles Almuna who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer**

Dear Angeles,
I don’t remember how, when, or where I met you but I was always fascinated with your unique aura. You always light up the room (it doesn’t matter if it’s a fashionable event or a cozy get together for a friend’s birthday)..you shine with elegance and poise, with your big smile and kind heart.

I cannot describe how I felt when I found out you were diagnosed with the Big-C, as you like to call it. I cannot imagine how you felt….life is definitely unfair sometimes. My grandmother and aunt were diagnosed with breast cancer when I just a girl and I thought I knew about this horrible disease.

I know I am not one to say and I still don’t understand a fraction of what you are going through. The way you have been documenting your journey on your blog is inspiring. You have no idea how proud I am… you are not only beautiful inside and out, but you are is SO strong. Your hair might not be there…but you are still pure magic. I know you are coming out of this stronger than ever. You are going to kick it with style <3 and then we will party with fried chicken and wine.




I also want to share a little fragment from Angeles' blog post on losing her hair (you can see more of her story clicking HERE)

“Tuesday, August 18th 2015 at 4am. I could not sleep and I went to the bathroom.  I was feeling strange, too much thinking, maybe some pain in my body but I noticed something was happening. I saw myself in front of the mirror and I discovered that my hair, my magic hair  was falling off. All of them! So crazy to see how your hair is not alive anymore. I was in shocked, of course. It is worst than in the movies, you know... all of those stereotypes that movies show when people are losing the hair because of the side effects of chemotherapy. 

Well, this is my story, my own private story.... not too private because I prefer to share the experience with you, it is a good feeling at the end of the day to say how is this difficult process, how much it
affects the femininity of a woman.

In my case I wanted to have this process like a ritual, a new beginning, a new Angeles , a new Chica..... yes! Because it is something to remember and I need to live this experience second by second.
The day I cut my hair was magic. In a private special soiree with some closes friends, in silence, in a friend house, who generously gave me his own space to make a mess in  his living room. With all my hair, my tears and all my emotions we created a night full of creativity, 
so real and so magic!”


Cancer awareness is more than running a 5k or giving flowers. It’s looking for different ways to help those who are fighting against the disease. We ALL can really make a difference….that’s why I’ve loved partnering with Pantene Beautiful Lengths for their national campaign that encourages people to share their strength and donate their beautiful, healthy hair to create free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. So far, the campaign has received more than 800,000 hair donations but we need to duplicate this number; to create one wig, it takes between 8-15 ponytails.

Donating your hair isn’t the only way to help. Today, Pantene Beautiful Lengths has officially launched the #8or8 Challenge and I invite everyone to participate! I want to challenge you …meaning that I would love to see you donate 8 inches of hair or donate $8 to this beautiful cause. I know many of us can’t donate our hair for X or Y reason, but let’s still support the program with just $8. 100% of the contributions made to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Fund go directly to helping create free, real hair wigs for women battling cancer.

To make a monetary contribution: go to www.gcfdn.org/pantene

Of course, there are a number of other easy ways to get involved and donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths:
  • ChariTweet:  Donate via Twitter by retweeting @Pantene’s “Charitweets” today, Sept. 8 for instructions on how to donate to the cause
  • One Today by Google: Visit the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Fund page here 
  • Donate Your Hair:  September 8th is also National Donate Your Hair Day!  To donate hair, simply go to your local salon, measure a ponytail of at least 8 inches and make the cut.  For full instructions, visit www.beautifullengths.com
  • Challenge Your Friends: Share your donation and encourage your friends to participate in the #8or8 Challenge by using #8or8 and #BeautifulLengths, tagging @Pantene

Lastly, if you’re thinking about making the cut, here’s a friendly reminder about the donation requirements:
- Donated hair must be a minimum of 8 inches long
- Hair should be freshly washed and completely dry, without any styling products
- Hair may be colored with vegetable dyes, rinses and semi-permanent dyes. It cannot be bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated
- Gray hair does not absorb dye at the same rate as other types of hair, so hair may not be more than 5% gray at the time of donation.

Ponytails can be sent to:
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Attn: 192-123
806 SE 18th Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Ese post va dedicado a la linda Miami blogger Angeles Almuna quien fue recientemente diagnosticada con cáncer de seno.

Querida Angeles,

No me acuerdo en que momento o donde te conocí pero siempre me ha llamado mucho la atención la luz que transmites. Tu alegría es contagiosa…no importante si es en el evento más chic o en una reunión en mi casa….brillas con tu elegancia y con tu gran corazón.

No puedo describir como me sentí cuando anunciaste las tristes noticias…y menos puedo imaginarme como tu te sentiste- definitivamente la vida puede ser muy injusta. Tanto mi tía como mi abuela fueron diagnosticadas con cáncer de sena cuando era una niña.

Yo pensé que sabía de esta horrible enfermedad…la manera como has estado documentando el proceso en tu blog inspira a todos los que te conocemos. Me siento extremadamente orgullosa de ti, porque no solo eres bella por dentro y por fuera si no también eres una luchadora. Con o sin cabello…eres MAGIA. Se que más a sobrepasar este capitulo difícil en tu vida como si nada…pero con mucho estilo.  Por que ahora es que nos faltan fiestas con pollo frito y vino.

Con muchísimo cariño,


Con todo el corazón las invito a visitar el post de Angeles donde comparte su experiencia en cuanto a su cabello y todo su proceso en este cápitulo.
Crear conciencia con respecto al cáncer es más que correr 5k o mandar flores. Es buscar diferentes maneras de ayudar a todos aquellos luchando contra esta enfermedad. TODOS podemos hacer una diferencia. Por eso me siento muy feliz de colaborar con Pantene Beautiful Lengths cuya misión es distribuir gratuitamente pelucas de cabello real a aquellas mujeres que han perdido su cabello debido al tratamiento contra el cáncer. Desde que empezó esta ha campaña en el 2006, han recibido más de 800.000 donaciones de cabello…pero estoy segura que podemos duplicar este número ya que para crear una sola peluca se necesita entre 8 y 15 colas de caballo.

Donar tu cabello tampoco es la única manera de ayudar con esta campaña. Justamente hoy, 8 de septiembre, marca el comienzo  del reto de Pantene Beautiful lengths llamado “$8 or $8’”. Este reto se trata de donar 8 pulgadas de cabello o contribuir con $8 a esta increíble causa.  Se que muchas de nosotras no podemos donar por múltiples razones…pero igual podemos ayudar con solo $8.  El 100% de las contribuciones va directamente a ayudar hacer estas pelucas.

Para hacer una contribución monetaria, pasa por www.gcfdn.org/pantene

Miren todas las maneras que pueden ayudar e involucrarse en esta causa Pantene Beautiful Lengths:
  • ChariTweet: dona via Twitter al hacerle Retweet a los “ChariTweets” de @Pantene hoy  8 de septiembre. Ahí van a poder encontrar todas las instrucciones de como donar.
  • One Today by Google: puedes visitar la página de Pantene Beautiful Lengths fund acá.
  • Dona tu cabello: hoy 8 de septiembre también es el día Nacional de Donar Cabello. Para hacerlo, solo ve a tu salón de belleza, asegúrate que tienes un mínimo de 8 pulgadas para donar, y chop chop! Puedes leer todos los detalles en www.beautifullenghts.com
  • Reta a tus amigos: comparte tu donación con tus amigos e invita a que participen en el reto de #8or8 usando los hashtags #8or8 #BeautifulLengths y etiquetando a @Pantene.

Finalmente, si estás pensando cortar tu cabello…aquí te dejo los requisitos para la donación:
  • El cabello donado debe ser por lo menos 8 pulgadas de largo.
  • El cabello puede estar teñido con tinturas vegetales, enjuagues y tinturas semipermanentes. No puede tener aclarador de cabello, ni tinturas permanentes o tratamientos químicos.
  • El cabello canoso es difícil de usar en la elaboración de las pelucas, por lo tanto no debe tener más de un 5% de canas en el momento de la donación. 

Las colas de caballo pueden enviarse a:
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Attn: 192-123
806 SE 18th Ave.

Grand Rapids, MN 55744


  1. Tienes un pelo preciosisimo!!!! un besazo guapa


  2. I wish my hair was long enough to do this


  3. The little excerpt made me tear up! It must be tough for her but she is taking it with dignity and class. I love the cause and the meaning behind this! great post!

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