November 14, 2023


How I Sold My Business for Millions

But Almost Lost Myself 

by Alli Webb

Harper Horizon



Hardcover, 224 pages

"Prepare to be captivated by Alli's profound insights and infectious passion for embracing the truths of life."

-Gabby Bernstein

Alli Webb, co-founder of Drybar, had it all--until she didn't. When Drybar and its world-famous blowouts took off seemingly overnight, she found herself surrounded by celebrity clients such as Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, and Maria Shriver.She was named to multiple prestigious lists by Fast Company, Fortune, Marie Claire, and Inc, and published a New York Times bestselling book--all before she turned forty.

But it wasn't until her marriage fell apart, her teenage son entered rehab, and she no longer found meaning in the wildly successful business she had built that Alli realized she was spiraling into deep depression. She'd lost sight of what made her happy in favor of an aimless push to succeed above all. Something had to give.

Piece by piece, Alli began to reinvent her personal and professional life with the goal of accepting her messy truth. She learned how to embrace the honest in lieu of the perfect and realized that most of life happens somewhere in the middle, between the laughter and the tears.

In The Messy Truth, Webb invites readers into her world as an entrepreneur, a mother, and a partner, examining with startling humor and wisdom the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we learn to embrace the mess of life.

Hi, Alli here!

This is my story. My life. My legacy… so far. The Messy Truth is an honest and vulnerable depiction of the long and windy road that brought Drybar to life, how I lost myself along the way, how I learned (on the job) how to run a company (mistakes, wins, failures, and everything in between), and how my personal life got turned upside down and inside out - many times over. 

Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart and this book is a glimpse behind the proverbial curtain of what it takes.

I poured my heart into this book and at the eleventh hour, I had to add an ending I didn’t see coming. Because life is never what we think it is. It’s messy and beautiful and full of surprises. 

My hope is that this book inspires you to take that leap, chase your passion, put it all on the line, get your heart broken, have faith, and know you are right where you are supposed to be, just like me. 

-Alli Webb

photo: Taleah Mesha

Book Club Menu

There’s something beautiful and messy about loaded nachos. There are layers to life and every layer is messy just like loaded nachos. This food resembles my book because no matter the mess of devouring loaded might have some oil stains along the way but it all eventually works out. 

-Alli Webb

Alli's Loaded Nachos Recipe

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