Once she studies your hair, its condition, its style, its cut, and your lifestyle (e. g., how much time you plan on spending on your hair each day), she will then make some recommendations for color and maybe even a more suitable style for you. Plan on being there for a few hours.
Before having any kind of color applied to your hair, select a salon with a certified color professional. Not every hairdresser is an expert in color. Find a salon that specializes in color and ask about the qualifications of their staff. Usually a high end colorist will charge more, but it's worth it. Considering you are looking for something for the holidays, think of this as a gift to you.