Make an appointment with your colourist and bring photos. But don't just rely on those of yourself with your natural hair colour. Bring variations of different shades so you can both discuss what works best. If you've been enjoying the lighter side for some time, it might come as too much of a shock to go back to dark all at once. Take your time going darker. You may be tired of your summer platinum, but that doesn't mean you’d hate a caramel blonde. Once you're totally dark again, you can't go back to platinum without tons of serious breakage.
Work with the colour you have to help you get where you want. If you add some lowlights or shadowing to the top, it sets up the perfect grow-out ombré situation. Darker roots with lighter ends are an easy way to have the best of both worlds—and you can go a long time without any colour touch-ups. Discuss a personal grow-out schedule that works best for you.
Make sure your colourist knows your hair colour history. The colour processes in your hair from even years ago can affect what your colourist prescribes for you right now. In order to properly mix a formula that won't cause additional breakage or a bad interaction, your colour history must be disclosed.
Expect some fading. Although most colourists will be able to take you back to brown in one session, you might experience some fading after a few washes. Returning to your natural hair colour is a process, and each layer of colour you put on tends to help your overall colour stay longer, so don't be surprised if you see some lightness peek through at the beginning; sometimes it's nice to have those natural-looking highlights.
After you've completed your initial colour treatment, schedule a follow-up gloss about two weeks later to help seal in the shade. In this appointment, your stylist will essentially reapply all the colours that were lifted. For example, if you're down to blonde, you need to add back gold, orange, red and then brown tones — it's like balancing an equation. To get back to your natural hair colour requires patience; it might take a few appointments to achieve the desired result.
And don’t forget to stock up on products from the Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Diamond Colour line. Using a shampoo and conditioner made specifically for colour-treated hair will keep your strands looking glossy and vibrant on your journey back to au naturel. The process can seem daunting, but once you and your stylist work up the right plan of attack, your locks will be looking lovely from start to finish.