Another thing that's changed from when your mom used to color her grays away under the cover of darkness is the quality of the products available. It's been a long time since anyone has gotten even a whiff of any strong, offensive smelling products in salons. Those have long since disappeared or been replaced by gentler formulations that are free, or mostly free from ammonia, peroxide or other harsher chemicals.
Still if that sounds at all appealing you might first want to stop and ask yourself some questions. Or at least think about these points which can help you decide among the many hair color options. Since the goal is find out which will actually work out best for you and your hair.