Once a basic color is determined, now comes the fun and creative part. She may suggest adding lighter highlights around your face and maybe even dispersed throughout your hair. Lighter color near your face can change your entire appearance without the permanent commitment of an all over change.
The second stop on the internet is an Expert's page....most likely to be on lifestyle web sites which tell the ground rules of which skin types goes with which hair color etc. Don't bother to read too many of these as each one of them is likely to have their own version of hair color palette! Once you have short_listed a range of hair color options, try looking for pictures of people with similar coloring and how they would look in it. Many salons have sophisticated software which helps conjure up an image of you with the hair color and it might be worth the money you spend on it.