Hair products

Jonathan Van Ness shares his bedtime routine, including hair products, skincare, TV and pets

Sometimes I use less skincare products and sometimes I use more – it depends on the day or time of year – but I love the Fenty Skin Fat Water Toner. It’s gorgeous and it’s usually my base layer at night. And then, if my skin is dry, I could make a wonderful Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream to layer, or maybe their Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil Brightener, which is next level. I usually don’t shower before bed unless I’m filming something and doing a lot of makeup, or I’m exercising later in the day and want to take a full shower.


Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum

Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Moisturizer in green jar


Biossance Squalane + Omega Repairing Moisturizing Cream

Bottle of Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil on a white background


Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

My shower products also change from day to day.

If I want to have bigger hair, I use my Embody shampoo and conditioner. If I’ve heat styled my hair a lot and am farther between haircuts and my locks are too fragile, I might do Undamage shampoo and conditioner. And you can also mix and match products from all JVN ranges. I will also use the Nurture shampoo when my hair is a bit dry and I want to add moisture. I also love Necessaire The Body Wash. That’s wonderful. And another thing I like to do is put my moisturizer – usually Necessaire The Body Lotion – in the shower. I turn off the water and use my hands to remove excess water from my body, then apply my body moisturizer while my skin is still damp as I find it absorbs it better .

JVN Embody Daily Volumizing Shampoo in turquoise bottle


JVN Embody Daily Volumizing Shampoo

JVN Embody Daily Volumizing Conditioner in a turquoise bottle


JVN Embody Daily Volumizing Conditioner

JVN Undamage Strengthening Shampoo in red bottle


JVN Undamage Fortifying Shampoo

JVN Undamage Strengthening Conditioner in red bottle


JVN Undamage Strengthening Conditioner

JVN Nurture moisturizing shampoo in purple bottle


JVN Nurture Hydrating Shampoo

Lately I’ve been sleeping with my hair in pigtails.

I have noticed that if I do a braid at the base of my neck, I sometimes wake up with a knot in my neck. But if I do two braids parted in the middle, it doesn’t interfere with my sleeping position. I use my JVN Complete Instant Recovery Serum on my ends first, then when I wake up I have these gorgeous heatless waves. I’m also going to do a high bun with Instant Recovery Serum and maybe some air dry cream, and tie it very loosely on top of my head with a Slip silk scrunchie. When I wake up I take it out and just straighten the hair around my face. This is another very easy way to style hair without heat.

JVN Complete Instant Recovery Serum in clear jar


NVG Instant Recovery Complete Serum

JVN Complete Hydrating Air Dry Hair Cream in white tube


JVN Complete Moisturizer for Air Dry Hair

Brief Large Silk Scrunchies in pink, brown and black


Large Silk Scrunchie Briefs

When I can’t manage a full beauty routine, I just do the basics.

I like to put my skincare products on at least 30 or 45 minutes before I lay down, so they have time to soak in and I don’t immediately smash them into my pillowcase. If I forgot, or I don’t have time, or I’m just really tired, I might just do some toner, then my two little low braids with the Instant Recovery Serum. The mid-lengths and ends of your hair are much older than your new growth, so they’re drier because they’ve been washed more and possibly heat-styled more. They’ve been through more than your new hair, so the serum gives those mid-lengths and ends the ingredients they need to be more bouncy and hold your style better. And even if you don’t really style your hair, it makes it shinier, more manageable, and more frizz-resistant – I’m obsessed with it.

I listen to a sleep podcast or do yoga if I get anxious in the middle of the night.

My anxiety doesn’t usually happen at night. Once it’s 9:30 p.m., my brain is desperate to shut down and I can barely stay awake. Sometimes I wake up with anxious thoughts at three in the morning, and listen to a Sleepy podcast to relax. My husband took me in. The host’s name is Otis Gray and he has this really relaxing voice and he reads you bedtime stories. This usually knocks me down. Guided meditations help a lot too. You can also get on the floor and do a little bit of restorative yoga – I do child’s pose, supine twists and legs against the wall and I hold each pose for about three minutes and just breathe to calm my nervous system.

My side of the bed is dirtier than my husband’s.

I am much more restless than him. He always accuses me of taking all the covers, but I don’t realize I’m doing it.

This is the cats’ house and we live there.

We have four cats and they wake us up all the time in the middle of the night, especially Larry. If they’re all in bed with me, it’s so cute and I’m like, well, I can’t move. And so my husband and I are going to be stuck with our Z-shaped bodies, trying not to bother the cats. Because they are so cute and perfect in every way.

This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.