Then how committed are you to your color choice? In other words are you ready for a permanent change or are you still dabbling so that semi_permanent color would be a safer way to go?
Before having any kind of color applied to your hair, select a salon with a certified color professional. Not every hairdresser is an expert in color. Find a salon that specializes in color and ask about the qualifications of their staff. Usually a high end colorist will charge more, but it's worth it. Considering you are looking for something for the holidays, think of this as a gift to you.