There are a few ways to get red eye: the overnight flight from Los Angeles to New York, have your picture taken with a flash that's too close to the camera lens or wash your hair with Kronos K-Charge Volumizing Shampoo ($35). Given that I've had good results with Kronos Phyx and no adverse reactions, I was surprised by the painful experience of sudsing up with Kronos and the shock of seeing my swollen bloodshot eyes when I looked in the mirror.

Like Phyx, K-Charge Volumizing shampoo looks as if its been made by someone who has swallowed a chemical and botanical dictionary. Unlike Phyx, a serum for overnight use, the shampoo thankfully doesn't have behentrimonium chloride, which at very low concentrations can damage the eye. In this case, the culprit was likely mineral oil, which is derived from petroleum and is a well known irritant of the eyes and skin. As is, for that matter, acrylates copolymer. In the meantime, I don't really want to think about the PEG-150 distearate. This can contain harmful impurities and should never be used on broken or irritated skin.

Most of the rest of the ingredients are a good mix of antioxidants such as green tea and pear and vitamin E. I can't work out why there is acetyl hexapeptide-3 and what it can do for hair - it is the peptide that stops facial muscles from causing expression lines.

Apart from being uncomfortable to use, K-Charge didn't do the volumizing job that was promised. In fact, my hair hung limp and lifeless, which along with red eye just isn't a good look for me.


Water (Aqua), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Lanolin Alcohol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Oryzanol, Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cudrania Tricuspidata (Mulberry) Bark Extract, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lycium Chinensis (Chinese Matrimony Vine) Fruit Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Prunus Mume (Ume) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Rubus Coreanus (Wild Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Uuron Cha Ekisu) Leaf Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fullerenes, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, Butylene Glycol, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Trideceth-12, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Stearic Acid, Betaine, Carbomer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), Isohexadecane, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Limonene.