Merkai Studio

Welcome to Merkai Studio! Located in Virginia Beach.

Merkai found its name thru an ambassador of the ocean,
Local Mermaid and Salon Owner, Ashley Soltis .

The salon is mermaid inspired and the hawaiian word "Kai" meaning "ocean" is the perfect remix for how it established the name. We're a team of talented and creative stylists, each with more than 10 years of experience with cutting, styling, color and extensions. If you're looking for a new style and only want the best,
you've come to the right place. Our stylists are available by appointment only.

Operating as usual

Merkai Studio updated their phone number. 05/12/2021

Merkai Studio updated their phone number.

Merkai Studio updated their phone number.

Merkai Studio updated their website address. 05/12/2021

Merkai Studio updated their website address.

Merkai Studio updated their website address.

[02/22/21]   Merkai Studio is Hiring! Booth rental available! Hairstylist booth, and two room rentals available for eyelashes/massage and/or nails etc.
Great salon for an independent licensed hairstylist who has their own clientele. Laid back atmosphere, always a clean environment for you to bring your clients into. Awesome to grow your business in.
Text for details! 757-477-3773

Restaurant Week brings hope to Virginia Beach service industry 02/03/2021

Restaurant Week brings hope to Virginia Beach service industry

Restaurant Week brings hope to Virginia Beach service industry Local establishments say every little bit helps in a time of pandemic restrictions.


Holiday box deals are in! & already going quick 😍 #Davines ☀️ let me know ! **Love curl has a box deal, just not pictured ** 🧜🏼‍♀️


Woohoo! 🧜🏼‍♀️ we are open! **appointment only** please contact your stylist directly to make an appointment. Masks mandatory. We have missed everyone 🧜🏼‍♀️ #covidsalonrelaunch #salonreopening #yay

[03/29/20]   😂

[03/23/20]   It saddens me, but as of midnight tomorrow we close our doors until April 24th.. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy! 🧜🏼‍♀️


Espace LD coiffure - Laurence D

Nous cédons à la panique !!



The Spoon Stack anyone? Our signature soufflé pancakes served with seasonal fruit, homemade whipped cream and pure Canadian maple syrup - YES PLEASE! Open daily 7am-3pm.


Tucker Budzyn

My Dog Reacts to Hair Clip 01/04/2020

New Virginia Beach restaurant plans to serve up comfort food with local twist The Rustic Spoon is anticipated to open in mid-January


Christmas party 🎅🏼🙌🏼❄️ #salongirls


Repost @laura_symons
🎄All I want for Christmas…🎁🥂🍾⁣⁣
⁣⁣👉🏻What do YOU want?⁣⁣


* After my 5th plate like ...


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* Happy Thanksgiving to all the clients of the world!!!
can do what we love without you .... #LITERALLY 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🥰 #behindthechair #btcbelieves




🧐And prob trying to figure out who sings this song 🎶 🎵- @soyoureahairstylist


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* Anyone else feel attacked?
😆🤣😆😁 ...

via @your.esty.bestie



@heatherpaints_hair 😆🤣😆


Bombshell Hair

“She just cuts hair.”
By : Maggs Elizabeth

She uses intense trigonometry to figure out the exact angle to cut your hair in order for it to lay correctly.

She uses scissors sharper than knives very closely to her hands and fingers with centimeters to spare moving them quicker than your eyes can follow.

She puts her body in odd positions to make sure she is level and can see each strand of hair she is moving, causing major damage to her body while she’s standing and bending for 12+ hours straight.

She buys pays to sharpen her shears and gets new shears yearly that cost anywhere between $50-$2,000 with no payback, just to make sure your hair isn’t damage from the tug of dullness.

“She just colors hair.”
She uses chemistry to create a special formula to work with your hair, that most likely won’t work with someone else’s.

She uses time that works against her, as two minutes too late will blow the cuticle in your hair and/ or fry it off.

She strategically places mixtures to blur lines and create a subtle blend and/or dimension.

She changes the combination for each client as mineral build up and pollution from water/environment/ products will react differently.

She changes the color of your hair without knowing exact genetics which play a huge part in reaction to chemicals.

She spends 3 hours moving her arms and bending her body into awkward positions to ensure perfection.

She copies an image from the internet that was a 12 hour session with 5 stylists working, by herself in 3 hours.

“She just plays with hair.”
She spends 50% of her work day using tools as hot as your oven.

She styles your hair exactly like that Pinterest picture that’s actually a wig.
She constantly breathes in fumes from hair products and she can’t tell you the last time she didn’t have a hair splinter.

She squeezes you in for a last minute style as she’s already been on her feet for 10 hours straight.
She has her arm above your head moving it back and fourth for an hour to blow dry it flat.

“She just does hair.”
She spends an hour doing a 4 year olds hair because she can’t sit still but it’s mommy’s wedding day. Mommy cries when she’s done because her daughter looks beautiful.

She spends 3 hours with a teenager who tells her every single person messes up their hair and she doubts this one will get it right. Suddenly brunette isn’t her color, she needs it back to blonde next week.

She colors a 35 year olds hair who has been using box color for 15 and didn’t tell her beforehand, so the chemicals reacted and caused it to smoke making this process 6 hours that could’ve been 2. She’s now being yelled at by her next client for running behind.

She wraps a 80 year olds hair in rollers for an hour to ensure she looks beautiful for her husbands funeral. Her daughter calls week later to thank you for making her mother feel beautiful.

She works when she’s sick because there is no calling off when you work with personal appointments.

She works when a family member is desperately ill in the hospital because her clients have gray showing and they have a meeting tomorrow.
She misses her best friends surprise birthday party because it’s prom day.

She works until 10pm because her clients hair reacted differently and nobody can figure out why.
She gets woken up by texts at 3am asking if she can get someone in the book soon.

She makes extremely close connections with her clients and spends all of her social energy on them.
She doesn’t get “vacation days” because people need her in order to feel beautiful.

She missed her child’s first soccer game because she was already scheduled two colors and cancelling would just be “silly.”

She doesn’t work 8-4 or 9-5, she works first client to last with no real promise if she can make it home for dinner tonight.

She also hasn’t eaten lunch the past three days because she’s had no time between clients.
She spends hours researching new techniques and finding educational classes to attend on her one day off.

Her life revolves around hair. Her brain constantly goes from math to science to social to psychology to client and back to math. She works hard physically, emotionally, mentally, psychologically. Every day. With no breaks and definitely no silence.

But I must remind you, she’s just a hairstylist. She just does hair.”

I’m not sure who wrote this
But wow!
Beyond truth right here
📷: Jessalyn Pugh Photography - Dayton, Ohio Storytelling Photographer 11/05/2019

Redhead day is Nov. 5! 9 fun facts about red hair

♥️♥️♥️ Got red hair? November 5 is your day to celebrate. It's National Love Your Red Hair Day!


Before and after! On one of my fav’s! Stylist: @ashhh923 process: removal of existing extensions, full blonde foil, toning extensions, add 4 packs (100 strands) of @eurosocap_online #icyblondehair #beforeandafterhair #icyhair #eurosocap #seiseta #seisetahairextensions #seisetabyeurosocap #coldfusion #blondeshavemorefun #blonde #love #davines #wella #redken #blondor #ice @seiseta_hair_usa


Love curl set! 💕 #curlsrock #davines #holidayset


$20 deal! New hand scrub + Oi hand balm -personal fav’s! 🥰 #Davines #oi #holidayset


Box Deals are in! Get yours soon, While supplies last 💜💛💚 #davines #finally #holidays #seasonal @ Merkai Studio


Blondes have more fun 😉 #babylights #blonde #highlights #blondeshairmorefun #stylist #hairstyle #beforeandafter


Can I just say how much we love Brazilian Blowouts! Stylist: @ashhh923 #beforeandafter #brazilianblowout #hairstyle #love #blonde #nomorefrizz #frizzfree #frizzfreecurls #curls #smooth


Before and After ✨ Fall Vibes 🍂 #brunette #fallvibes #beforeandafter #salonlife #hairstyle #hairdresser #brownhair #babylights #brownhaircolor #haircolor #stylist


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Just showing off at the oyster roast, I forgot to post. Great turn out! Can’t wait for the next one! #oysterroast #smallbusiness #capehenryrotary #ballyhoos #merkaistudio #salonlife


Purple pops for the perfect time of year 💜 🔮 Cold Fusion Extensions: 2 packs (1 dark 1 violet) for volume and color placement. I’m in love 🥰
#beforeandafter #eurosocap #extensions #fallhair #hairstyle #hairstyles #f4f #purple #halohair #coldfusion #curls #darkhair #longhair #hairextensions #keratin #fusion #salon #fall



Our Story

Welcome to Merkai Studio, Located in Virginia Beach!

Merkai found its name thru an ambassador of the ocean,
Local Mermaid and Salon Owner, Ashley Soltis .
The salon is mermaid inspired and the hawaiian word "Kai" meaning "ocean" is the perfect remix for how it established the name.

We're a team of talented and creative stylists, each with more than 10 years of experience with cutting, styling, color and extensions. We also offer nail services including manicures, pedicures, gel/acrylic, etc.

If you're looking for a new style and only want the best,
you've come to the right place.
Our stylists, nail tech, and eyelash extension specialist are available by appointment.

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🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ #anythingyouwant #clientsbelike #yes #mom
Tanya’s “Merkai commercial” ☕️🍬🥤 #coffeeandtea #treats #salonlife #mermaids
Daily dose of Tanya 💃🏼 #lovestodance #wackywednesdays #salon #ellendegeneres
#happybirthday Tanya! #singleandhappy 🎈♥️🌟
#happybirthday Tanya! #singleandhappy 🎈♥️🌟
Loving all the hair tinsel ! ✨ come get yours, Sarah does it! $4/strand ✨heat proof ✨lasts from 3 weeks-2months. #tinsel...
Sarah does hair tinsel at the studio! Come and get yours for the holiday or just pink ones for October! They are heat pr...
Fairyyyyy hairrrrr thanks to @mermaidaquanette and Sarah at Salon added some more! #tinselhair #fairytail #fairyhair 🤩
Just another day at the studio 🧜🏼‍♀️💃🏼 #everyonelovestanya #wackywednesday
There’s been a delay on wacky Wednesday’s because we’ve been swamped! but here ya go.. couldn’t resist this one. I love ...
@carolynhair.vb has been doing some amazing transformations in the studio lately, she books up fast! 🧜🏼‍♀️ ✂️ #merkaistu...
Just another wacky Wednesday at the studio today! #lovemymom #sweetdancemoves 🧜🏼‍♀️💃🏼



1642 Pleasure House Road Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 12pm
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