@ocelot60- I think that you will be very happy with the advice you get from a color consultation. The hair color consultant that meets with you will be able to combine your preferences with the colors that will look best with your complexion and eye color to find the perfect hair color for you. This process is much better than having your hair colored without this professional information, which could lead to a result you don't like.
When you meet with a color consultant, it is important that you have some color ideas in mind to share with him or her. That way, you both will be on the same page when you narrow down your color choices.
You should also make sure that you choose a color consultant that you feel comfortable expressing your concerns with. This will help you avoid ending up with a hair color that you don't like or that doesn't look right on you.