I recently got around to trying out Kronos Phyx Overnight Repair Masque which is now known as Kronos Phyx Intensive Repair Masque but still retails for $105. It has long been on my list of hair products to try based on the glowing reviews that "it had brought hair back from the dead" (not possible, scientifically speaking) and had made TIA's Five Best splurge worthy list. It was even blessed by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.  Despite Marta dropping it from her hair care regime,  due to the inclusion of cetrimonium chloride in the formulation, I decided to give it a try as I'm desperate and The EU Directive does deem it safe when used in small concentrations. Moreover, cetrimonium chloride is becoming somewhat ubiquitous in hair care products so I figured I can't avoid it forever.

Kronos products use a "t-sfere" technology which claims to be "clinically proven to restore hair's youthful beauty & vitality". Undeterred by the high price tag, I purchased the Kronos  Hydresse Hair Discovery Kit which includes the Phyx Masque,  Hydresse Cleansing Treatment (aka shampoo) and Hydrating Conditioner as well as Liquid Theory 7-in-1 conditioning spray which I haven't used.  I tore open the packaging and had I not had dinner plans, I would have slathered the mask on my head right then and there.  But it is an overnight mask and I wanted to get the full effect so I patiently waited until after dinner.  The mask feels like a cream and I had to squirt it at least 20-30 times to get enough to put onto my shoulder length hair.  I was a little worried that I’d have to put a towel on my pillow so as not to get the stuff all over my silk pillow case (very good for your hair) but after it dried up it just felt like I had a lot of product (like a soft mousse) in my hair.

The next morning, I excitedly shampooed and conditioned my hair with the Hydresse products as per the Kronos  instructions. My hair didn’t feel any different in any way but I thought I would see results after drying my hair. So I blow dried my hair as usual and readied myself to admire ...the hair I had gone to dinner with the night before. No transformation - no change at all.

I endured through the Kronos hair process a few more times as reviewers have noted that hair gets better with every use (gorgeous hair is worth waiting for!) with no visible results. I’m not sure why there is so much hype around this product, especially at this price point.  I went back and read some more reviews for this and while the majority of reviewers LOVE this product, there is a small minority who say it has done nothing for their hair.  It looks like I fall into that category…darn.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-37, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethiconol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Glycerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Orbignya Speciosa Kernel Oil, Oryzanol, Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Betaine, South Sea Pearl Powder Extract, Brazilian Coral Powder Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hexapeptide-11, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, 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, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fullerenes, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Propylene Glycol Dibenzoate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-23, Laureth-4, Citric Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Fragrance (Parfum), BHT, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Isohexadecane, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool.