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 Those have long since disappeared or been replaced by gentler formulations that are free, or mostly free from ammonia, peroxide or other harsher chemicals.
That's not to say you're going to duplicate the salon experience at home any time soon exactly. But it also doesn't mean the over the bathroom sink approach can't be more enjoyable, or pleasant even, now does it?In other words we've come a long way, baby when it comes to coloring our hair.