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Q:Will this product work on red hair? I am a natural ginger and I don't add heat to my hair. It's extremely thick and it's pretty healthy but it can look dull sometimes. Most hair masks are for damaged hair but I simply want the softest, lightest, and shiniest hair possible. Is this a good match or should I use something else?Asked on 7/22/2015 by Ginger
A:This is the only item that will even remotely lighten hair that we carry. It has lemon juice in it to react with the sun's natural rays to lighten your natural hair color (does not lighten your dyed locks). I would definitely recommend giving this product a try but I cannot guarantee that it will lighten your hair noticeably. It will give you more shine and a more healthy appearance though.Answered on 7/22/2015 by Jess from LUSH Direct
A:Hi there!I think that Marilyn is a great hair mask and will certainly highlight hair - I think if you want to keep your hair your true red, Marilyn may not be for you, because you will get some lightening, nothing enough to bleach hair out, but you may notice a change in your hair color. I think that your description that your hair is thick too may not be a perfect match for Marilyn since it is a thinner hair mask, which generally goes a bit longer on thinner hair. Maybe try R&B or Jasmine Fluff Ease? I know those are recommended for thicker hair, and they won't have the highlighting effect that Marilyn does! I think the only thing you may have to worry about would be if you happen to like the fragrances of the hair masks - since Marilyn has lemons in it - it does tend to smell very summery and lemony. I say try it! If you can go into a LUSH store, they often offer samples of products, and if you call their help line, I'm sure they can do something similar! Good luck!Answered on 7/22/2015 by BrisusCheez from EST USA
Q:Is it okay to use this product after I have been in a pool with chlorine?Asked on 7/20/2015 by hayley1014
A:I would recommend washing your hair before doing the hair treatment, as I'm not sure how well the treatment would work with chlorine.Answered on 7/25/2015 by Myriam from Lush Direct
A:I can't see why not, I used it and I swim a lot although I never used it directly after.Answered on 7/25/2015 by Anonymous
Q:Can you use this in the sun? Will it lighten your hair kind of like a sun-in or other controlled lightening product?Asked on 7/10/2015 by HT
A:Marilyn will help to reduce brassiness in blondes, and it will gradually lighten your hair in a natural way. It will not have a strong reaction like sun-in.Answered on 7/12/2015 by Haley from Lush Direct
A:It is not nearly as effective as sun-in and it won't do much on it's own.
But it does help cut out some brass.Answered on 7/10/2015 by Anonymous
Q:Will this product help maintain gray/silver dyed hair ? Does is help with color protection for that type of color dye ?Asked on 7/5/2015 by Gabbe from Ottawa, Canada
A:Yes, this would work really well with your gray hair, but it won't help to protect colour. I recommend using Blousey shampoo, because it has been tested on dyed hair!Answered on 7/17/2015 by Pauline
Q:Does this treatment need to be stored in the refrigerator or can it be stored in the bathroom?Asked on 2/18/2015 by Margaret from Boston, MA
A:You can store this in the bathroom.Answered on 3/21/2015 by Lana from LUSH Direct
A:It can be stored in the bathroom. The only thing I have come across that needs to be refrigerator from LUSH is the face mask.
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Q:What's the shelf life of this product? And is it necessary to use it once a week, or can the use be stretched out and achieve the same results?Asked on 2/16/2015 by Ami from Topeka, KS
A:Marilyn lasts for 14 months from the date that it is made. We recommend using it once a week, but you can use it however often you would like!Answered on 3/21/2015 by Emily from LUSH Direct
A:This product is good for 14 months. Try skipping an application and see how you like the results, it really would vary from person to person depending on their hair, styling habits and natural environment.Answered on 3/21/2015 by Lana from LUSH Direct
A:I don't generally worry about the shelf life. I've had mine awhile and
it is fine. I just use it whenever I feel like it with no rhyme or
reason. It depends on my hair. If it starts to feel dry I'll use it.
If my hair is a little oily I don't use it.Answered on 2/17/2015 by Anonymous
Q:How often should I use this treatment? I have long hair and I used about 1/4 of the pot. Thanks!Asked on 10/11/2014 by Krissy from Sherman Oaks, CA
A:I would recommend using it once or twice a week!Answered on 10/14/2014 by Anonymous
A:I use the Marilyn hair product about every 1-2 times a week to keep my blonde vibrant and I have shoulder length hair. A pot lasts me just a little over one month.
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Q:When washing out, do you rinse this out before shampooing, or do you shampoo with the product still in your hair?Asked on 7/9/2014 by Nathan from Green Bay, WI
A:It's really just based on personal preference, as either won't affect how the product works!Answered on 9/25/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:I rinse it out a little bit and then start shampooing, I don't think it matters either way though.
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A:It doesnt matter either way, to be honest. It washes out quickly with or
without shampoo.Answered on 7/9/2014 by Anonymous
A:I rinse it out first, then shampoo and condition my hairAnswered on 7/9/2014 by Anonymous
Q:I dyed my hair red about 2 years ago. I'm still growing it out and my mousey blonde/brown hair is about 3/4 length down my shoulder length hair. Will Marilyn help lighten the ends to a similar colour or will it turn it a funny colour? I'd like to get rid of the red as naturally as possible. Also using I love juicy and lemon juice!Asked on 6/25/2014 by chair from bedford
A:Marilyn works to take the brassiness out of blonde hair with chamomile and lemon, but you won't likely see a difference on hair that has been chemically colored, as it is not a bleach product that pulls pigment from the hair.Answered on 9/25/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:So far every review I've read has said that it's ineffective for lightening hair, and I from having tried this product, I agree that it doesn't really lighten hair. I have also tried and read reviews on Daddyo, a Lush shampoo, and would definatelly recommend that for what you're looking for. It was very effectie, and seemed to work well for everyone.Answered on 8/5/2014 by Anonymous from Central Iowa
Q:I have really short hair: Like shaved on the sides and back of my head and about 3 and 1/2 inch hair on the top. About how much of this treatment would I use each time I use it?
answers as soon as possible would be great thanks :)Asked on 4/23/2014 by Kingsley from Wisconsin
A:We recommend a quarter of a pot for short hair, but if you end up covering your hair with less than that, you just get more to use later!Answered on 4/25/2014 by Anonymous
A:1/2 teaspoon! youll love!Answered on 4/23/2014 by Anonymous
A:About a 1/5. I have very thick dense hair with longer mid-section and
back (at 7 inches plus). I had also cut my upper-sides low a few months
ago. And I used about a 1/3 of product for a good soak. You want the hair
to feel as if the product has absorbed, and when it does- you will see it
shrink down to your natural texture- whether straight, wavy, or
highly-textured. It is quite watery, and I blame the product texture for
why the application must be plentiful in general. However, I will highly
recommend it based off of conditioning properties alone. It does not
exactly "lighten" your hair, but is more of a detox. Hair products are
known to stain the hair with unwanted residue, and this cleans it;
providing a fairer shade of hair. I hope this helps!Answered on 4/23/2014 by Anonymous
Q:I'm a person with pretty dark brown hair, so if I used this product, would my hair end up lighter or would its shade stay the same?Asked on 4/23/2014 by Anonymous from Wisconsin
A:We use natural lightening ingredients like lemon juice in Marilyn so while using it won't be detrimental to your hair it certainly wouldn't bleach it, just perhaps bring out any natural blond highlights you may have.Answered on 5/3/2014 by Anonymous
Q:Can I use this on dry hair with product in it or does my hair need to be clean before I use it? I put styling product in my (fine, slightly frizzy/dry) hair after I wash it to add body and control frizz. Will the product in my hair affect Marilyn's usefulness in any way? (I use Bb thickening mousse, an Aveda anti-frizz serum, and a couple drops of argan oil at the ends. . .)Asked on 2/10/2014 by bee704
A:This treatment should work well, even if you have some product in your hair. Some customers prefer to use Marilyn on product-free hair to give it the cleanest slate possible, but it's entirely up to you!Answered on 3/25/2014 by Brandy from LUSH
A:I had 3 days worth of dry shampoo in my hair and Marilyn still worked wonders!Answered on 3/22/2014 by Kiron from Livermore, CA
Q:I have brunette hair with a lot of grey, it seems the grey hair is not a supple and feels coarse. I wonder if this will help my hair but not lighten it?
thanksAsked on 10/25/2013 by LindaO from San Francisco, CA
A:For most people, it will make your hair shinier and softer without a dramatic change in color. I would do a strand test with this product first before completely applying, as it is dependent on ones hair.Answered on 12/8/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Will this highlight grey hair? I am a natural blonde who is turning grey. Want to amp up the silver tones.Asked on 10/9/2013 by Janie from Conway, Arkansas
A:Marilyn will definitely help with shine, however, it is more meant to help take the brassiness out of blonde hair. We would definitely recommend a strand test ahead of time, and hopefully it gives you the results you are looking for!Answered on 1/31/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:For me, it certainly made my hair shinier and softer--I didn't notice it
enhance any particular color, but I bet it would make your silver nice and
shiny and bright!Answered on 10/9/2013 by Anonymous
Q:What shampoo and conditioner are recommended for use after rinsing out this treatment?Asked on 9/3/2013 by Suzanne from Southern California, USA
A:For shampoos, I highly recommend you try Daddy-O. This product has been very effective for those with gray or blond hair, who also want brighter and healthier looking locks, without dull, brassy tones.
For conditioners, I highly recommend you try Retread. This product is especially beneficial as it is a rich conditioner that works to make your hair look better, but more importantly, it moisturizes and feeds your hair the nutrients it needs. Retread is good for all hair types.Answered on 11/21/2013 by Anonymous
A:I use Daddy-O shampoo after I use Marilyn! It's seriously the best for blonde hair!Answered on 9/4/2013 by Carly from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Q:Would this treatment make my hair oily? I have oily prone hair.Asked on 7/2/2013 by Emzi
A:Marilyn is a very moisturizing and nourishing hair treatment, and contains a number of oils to soften the hair. However, you're meant to follow-up with shampoo after using the treatment, so the residual effects should not make your hair any oilier, just moisturized, shiny, and with the blonde more enhanced.Answered on 10/4/2013 by Kendra M from LUSH Direct
Q:Is it okay to use Marilyn on hair that has been henna-ed?Asked on 4/9/2013 by HeatherA
A:Marilyn isn't the best choice for those that use henna simply because Marilyn is designed to brighten blonde hair, which will counter the purpose of the henna. Many people find that the henna is enough of a hair treatment on its own because of the cocoa butter base we use, but if you are still looking for a treatment that is more compatible with henna, the Jasmine and Henna Fluff Ease might be a nice choice!Answered on 9/16/2013 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I have naturally dark golden blonde hair in the summer it gets very light (a light medium golden blonde) because I spend a lot of time outside but in the winter it gets very very dull and dark and in low lighting it can almost look light brown sometimes and I hate that but I dont want to put any color in my hair so this seems like it could be great! my question is has this product been known to cause brassiness or cause it to bring out red tones on natural golden blondes? also if this product is used for a significant amount of time and therefore brightens it quite a bit will you develop roots if you stop usage of the product or will the brightness just gradually fade out? Thanks!Asked on 9/2/2012 by Kelsey
A:Marilyn should not bring out any brassiness in the hair, as it is meant to bring out the natural blonde tones. While it will help to brighten your hair and add shine, it will not actually color the hair to a point where you will develop noticeable roots. Instead it will be a gradual change that will fade over time.Answered on 11/2/2012 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:I've got the same color and have been using this faithfully for a couple of years. No brassiness, no roots. I'm only guessing here, but I think the lemon cleans out whatever it is that that stops hair from picking up light. So it doesn't change the actual color of my hair, and when I don't use the product for a couple of weeks, my hair goes back to normal.Answered on 10/5/2012 by Jojo from New York, New York
Q:Should I only put this product on the ends of my hair and avoid the roots? Or should I use it on my roots as well?Asked on 7/27/2012 by melis from barstow, CA
A:It really depends on your hair! If you hair is prone to being oily, then skipping the roots and focusing on the ends is probably best. However, if your hair is on the dry side, then conditioning all the way up could be just fine! (I usually stop at about my ears, and don't apply it to my scalp, but occasionally, I will apply all the way up to the roots).Answered on 7/31/2012 by Laura from LUSH
Q:Would this be good to use on highlighted hair? highlightes that are blonde of courseAsked on 6/21/2012 by bri from wauchula, florida
A:Marilyn would brighten your hair, and likely would also keep the highlights bright. If you're concerned, maybe do a little patch test somewhere inconspicuous to be sure the results will be to your liking, first.Answered on 8/28/2012 by Megan from LUSH Direct