We spend a third of our lives asleep—that means our bedroom is the most lived-in space in our homes. It’s the room where we start and end our days, and that’s why the rituals that happen there are extra-important. In The Wind Down, we’ll be exploring the nighttime routines of people we admire and taking their advice to make the moments just before bed feel our best—even when we’re on the go.
A trip to Drybar is a treat-yourself moment for many, but founder Alli Webb has other tricks up her sleeve for getting her much-needed R&R after a long day. (You don’t disrupt the beauty industry, completely changing the way people get their hair done, without developing your own means of self-care.)
Running a hairstyling empire (and her more recent venture, massage studio Squeeze) means her schedule is predictably packed, but spiritual books, plenty of meditation, and the occasional trampoline-jumping session keep her grounded. Here, Webb shares how she makes time for herself in the evenings.
Inner peace: Usually around 6 or 7 p.m., after I’ve eaten dinner, I do 20 minutes of Transcendental Meditation. It’s also how I start my day—I do 20 minutes before I even get out of bed in the morning.
Required reading: In this season of my life, I’m on a spiritual journey. I just finished Light Is the New Black, one of the greatest books I’ve read in a long time, and now I’m reading Why Buddhism Is True.
Skin saviors: I turn relaxing music on while I’m doing my skin regimen. I just ran out of Tata Harper’s Cleansing Oil two days ago, so I’ve started using Versed’s Cleansing Balm, which has eucalyptus oil and vitamin E in it. I have a million different masks, but I’ve recently been into Ole Henriksen’s Phat Glow Facial. Last night, I used Nyakio’s Soothing Sleep Mask.
Soak it up: I usually shower in the morning after I work out, but sometimes I’ll take a bath at night with Epsom salts for my sore muscles and Le Labo rose oils drops. On occasion, I’ll add bubble bath, too.
Screen time: After I read, I reward myself by vegging out and watching a TV show. Right now, it’s Sweetbitter—it reminds me a lot of myself when I moved to New York City right out of high school. I just finished Fosse/Verdon (I totally binged it), and I loved Big Little Lies—I’m hoping for a third season!
Jump start: I have a mini trampoline in my room and sometimes, while I’m watching a show, I’ll jump on it. You don’t even notice you’re doing it. It’s a great way to flush out stress.
Perfect pj’s: I feel extra-luxurious when I sleep in my Lunya pajamas, although I do sometimes gravitate toward sleeping in a T-shirt.
Best bed: The sheets that we use for Squeeze are so comfortable that I bought them for my home. They’re white and super-soft, from a brand called Comphy. I also have a rosy pink duvet and lots and lots of pillows.
Sleep aid: I have found that meditation helps me sleep, but if I’m having trouble, my melatonin prescription is pretty great.
Nightstand essentials: I once read that having books that mean something to you creates good energy in your home, so I keep a lot of the ones I love next to my bed, along with a Nudesse Overose candle. My best friends own the shop Midland, and they have the best candles, too.
More meditation: Aura is an app that has guided meditations for sleep. They usually range from seven to 15 minutes; I always fall asleep in the midst of one. Then it plays ocean and rain forest sounds all night long.
Lights-out between 11 p.m. and midnight!
See more nighttime routines:
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This Nobel Prize Nominee’s Nighttime Routine Is All About Gratitude
Y7 Yoga Founder Sarah Larson Levey Ends Each Day With 16oz of Water (and a Good Binge-Watch)