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

Meet Our Newest Dallas Hairstylist: Teresa Cliff

Known for her remarkable hair color and styling skills, Teresa Cliff is Dear Clark’s newest Dallas hairstylist.

Teresa has done hair for a wide-variety of celebrities, including world-renowned actresses, such as Julia Roberts and Ashley Judd, and famous musicians, including Miley Cyrus and Lee Ann Womack.

Teresa has been specializing in styling hair for over 12 years. Her unique approach allows for her to transform any client’s hair into a stunning look that is customized to highlight their most beautiful features, leaving clients looking and feeling #flawless! She has made a name for herself in the hairstyling world for her notorious “beach sexy” hair.

Other celebrity clients of Teresa include members of the Pussycat Dolls, Susan Downey, Christina Milian, Kandee Johnson and many more!

After completing her education at TONI&GUY in Carrollton, TX, Teresa moved to Los Angeles to follow her dreams and style hair in Beverly Hills.

Beginning her career at the famed Juan Juan Salon in Brentwood and Beverly Hills, Teresa became a personal and professional assistant to Jennifer J, one of the country’s most sought-after celebrity hair colorist.

After branching out on her own, Teresa became known for her vivid hair coloring, and styling for editorial work, movies and commercials. Since then, Teresa has become certified in a variety of hair extensions and specializing in multiple color techniques.

Teresa soon found a new passion of hers beyond the chair: teaching. After teaching with Dreamcatchers, “the world’s best hair extensions,” across the country, Teresa spent time traveling between Los Angeles and Dallas, teaching classes and working on clients.

Teresa’s warm heart, and genuine, friendly and relaxed attitude will have any client feeling comfortable and confident as she works her magic, making you feel and look your best!

If you’re looking to transform your look, or just have a simple touch-up, book an appointment now with Teresa, at DearClark.com.