Seems those that bring you hair color in a box have gotten the message. You'll notice more fruity scents rather than something that smells like a toxic waste dump when using them. Apparently all part of an effort to make the time spent coloring your hair seem more like putting on make_up rather than doing something that requires you don a hazmat suit.
When you use the services of a real professional, go to the appointment with an open mind. You may have your heart set of pale blond, but if the colorist can prove to you that a deep strawberry is really your best shade, listen to her. She is trained to match color with skin tone. She knows what will work, and what won't.