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.
Thinning hair? Did you know you can make it appear thicker by the strategic use of color? By that I mean if you color your root line to deal with any regrowth you're also making the roots look a bit darker. Not only does this touch up your color it will also create the illusion of thicker hair. That's because roots that are a bit darker make your hair appear to be fuller and more dimensional.