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 Those have long since disappeared or been replaced by gentler formulations that are free, or mostly free from ammonia, peroxide or other harsher chemicals.
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.