What’s The Difference Between Ombre and Balayage?

Wait – what? If you’ve ever asked yourself what the difference between ombre and balayage are, don’t worry; You’re not alone. It can be hard to keep up with all of the different hair trends out there, but we’re here to help. If you’re looking to lighten up your hair for summer, and add some dimension, ombre and balayage are great ways to do that! Dear Clark is here to explain the difference between these two hair coloring techniques, so you can explain to your stylist exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s settle these confusing hair terms once and for all!


The traditional ombre look: Dark roots, gradually getting lighter towards your ends. You and your coloring specialist can choose a color that will complement your skin tone and natural hair color. No matter if you want to go just a few shades lighter, or do a dramatic ombre, this look will give you the dimension you’re looking for.

Ombre is more of a dip-dyed look, while balayage is a hair painting technique. If you don’t want the dramatic look of ombre, you can try sombre. “Wait – what?” Sombre is a soft, more subtle version of ombre. Sombre typically starts blending higher up to achieve a more natural look, but the ends of your hair will still be noticeably lighter than your roots.


We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: balayage is the popular hair trend that is here to stay! We’ve love this hair trend because it’s customizable to everyone; You can make it as dramatic or as subtle as you want, and any color that you’d like. Balayage is a hair painting technique that creates a more natural-looking lightening effect. Your Dear Clark balayage specialist will know just how to blend your roots to ends for a multi-dimensional color. This hair coloring technique is wonderful because, if it’s done right, it will require very little maintenance and upkeep.

If you’re still not sure what the difference is between the two, come talk to one of our experienced stylists at Dear Clark! We’re always more than happy to answer all of your hair-related questions. Want ombre or balayage? We can help with that too!  BOOK AN APPOINTMENT | CALL: (214) 397-0700

Balayage: Why It Looks Effortlessly Beautiful on Every Hair Color

It’s no surprise that balayage is the hair trend that has been going strong for a couple of years now. This hair coloring technique beautifully blends two different shades together, melting one color into another like a masterpiece. The best part about balayage is you can make it any shade you want: light or dark; warm or cool. Depending on your personal taste, you can easily achieve a gorgeous, natural look.

How Is It Applied?

Rather than using the traditional foil technique, balayage is a freehand technique. This allows your hair to achieve a more natural look, as the colors effortlessly flow into one another. Balayage is applied on the surface of the hair, and the color is not saturated through until the very ends.

It’s Low Maintenance

Another amazing thing about balayage is that it requires very little maintenance. Since you’re not applying the color directly to the roots, it grows out beautifully and much more naturally. No regrowth line = no immediate touchups. The only thing you have to worry about is protecting your color by using the right shampoo, conditioner and other hair products.

Effortlessly Beautiful

This hair trend works wonders on both light and dark hair. It’s the best way to lighten up your hair this summer, without drastically changing your overall hair color. Your Dear Clark color specialist will help you choose the perfect shade for your skin tone. The beauty of it is, balayage works for all hair color and lengths.

Based on your face shape, your color specialist will be able to artfully lighten the pieces of hair framing your face, bringing out your natural features. For a finished look, balayage looks gorgeous on lose curls, or effortless beach waves.

If balayage sounds like something you’re interested in, one of our many color specialists at Dear Clark can help you pick the perfect shade and look for you! BOOK AN APPOINTMENT | CALL: (214) 397-0700

A Guide to Choosing the Best Highlights for Your Hair Color This Summer

Everyone loves to lighten their locks over the summer for the ultimate sun-kissed look! With new techniques and hair color trends, it’s possible to get any type of hair color you want. But how do you know how to choose the best highlights for your hair color? We’ve broke it down for you, so when you decide to get highlights you’ll have a better idea of what color looks best. Here’s our guide to choosing the best highlights for your hair color this summer.

Skin Tone

If you’re about to update your hair color, one thing you should consider is your skin tone. We’ve all dreamed of having a hair color that is quite the opposite of our natural hair color, but it’s so easy to choose the wrong color for our skin tone.

If you’re fair skinned, dark hair can easily wash you out. And if you have a dark complexion, going platinum blonde can be tricky. Although, neither of these options are impossible because we’ve seen it done countless times on the runway and red carpet.

Thinking about lightening up your locks, but don’t want to get too wild? Highlights are the best bet for you!

Dark Hair

Warm hues, such as caramel and honey brown highlights look flawless on naturally dark hair colors. You can lighten up with a few highlights, or get balayage if you really want to lighten up dark locks this summer. Celeberties, such as Chrissy Teigen, has dark brown hair, but flows creamy caramel highlights for effortlessly gorgeous, warm locks.

Light Hair

Having light hair is great because you can easily-achieve almost any hair color and look fabulous. From golden strands, to cool ashy hues, there’s such a large range of colors you can play with. Ask your hairstylist at Dear Clark which hues would look best on you, depending on your skin tone and natural hair color.

If you’re ready to have the ultimate sun-kissed hairstyle this summer, come visit us at Dear Clark. Don’t forget we’re now open on Sundays! BOOK AN APPOINTMENT | CALL: (214) 397-0700

Dallas Sunday Funday: Bubbles, Blowouts & Brunch at Dear Clark

What’s the best way to start Dallas Sunday Funday you ask? Well, it’s Bubbles, Blowouts and Brunch at your favorite uptown Dallas hair salon, Dear Clark! Starting April 2nd!

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., you can get a fabulous blowout for only $40, and then go enjoy an amazing brunch with the girls, while rocking your brand new look! It’s a Dallas Sunday Funday deal you can’t beat.

If you had a wild (or relaxing) Saturday night, roll out of bed without the worry of doing your hair for brunch – Dear Clark has you covered! Grab your girlfriends, and get ready for an amazing afternoon of pure pampering. Brunch, blowout and bubbly – it’s everything you need for the ultimate girls’ day.

After updating your look with a blowout, balayage or haircut at Dear Clark, head over to brunch at Eastwood’s for 10% off your brunch! This discount is only valid on same salon service Sunday. Eastwood’s amazing brunch menu includes a Strawberry Mimosa Parfait, The Uptown Churro Waffle (Excuse me…? A CHURRO WAFFLE?!), Eggs Benedict, Biscuits & Gravy and many other delicious brunch classics. Don’t forget about Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa Pitchers and spiked lemonades!

The Bubbles, Blowouts & Brunch special at Dear Clark and Eastwood’s begin April 2nd! You can start booking your appointments for the Bubbles, Blowouts & Brunch special at DearClark.com.

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