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Charming Services and Sweet Treats

Located less than 10 minutes from Washington D.C. is the RiMahni Glo Girls salon, Prince George County, Md.’s first spa created just for little girls. The mini-salon is actually located within the full-service RiMahni Glo Day Spa in Capitol Heights, Md.

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Located less than 10 minutes from Washington D.C. is the RiMahni Glo Girls salon, Prince George County, Md.’s first spa created just for little girls. The mini-salon is actually located within the full-service RiMahni Glo Day Spa in Capitol Heights, Md.

Owner Mishawn Hellams initially started the business as a mobile nail salon for the elderly in 2007 and it grew quickly over the next few years. After being nominated for a community service Hoodie Award from actor, comedian, and radio talk show host Steve Harvey in 2007 and 2008, she decided to look for a permanent location.

"After receiving the awards, the website went out of this world and most of my clients came from there," Hellams says. "From that point, I was able to build to what we have now."

A native of Washington, D.C., Hellams is a graduate of the Maryland Fame School of Nail Design, with over 20 years of experience as a nail technician. She is currently in the process of obtaining a Medical Nail Technician certification to expand the main day spa’s offerings.

Named for her daughters Rickia and Mahni, the RiMahni Glo Girls salon was created inside of the RiMahni Glo Day Spa to focus on natural nail care and fun activities for little girls.

<p>The main salon, RiMahni Glo Day Spa, is a local’s favorite and offers a variety of high-end treatments for nails, hair, and skin.</p>

Both are owned and managed by Mishawn Hellams and Kimberly Harris, in addition to the mobile salon that Hellams continues to offer for her loyal elderly clientele. The entire space is often transformed into one large salon for children’s mani/pedi birthday parties and spa parties for adults on the weekends.

Despite being located next door to an established salon, Hellams decided on the salon’s current location based on its position in a wealthy area full of new development. "It was more of a family area, the traffic was good, and the parking availability was great," she adds.

As expected, the RiMahni salons were not well received by the 5-year-old salon next door, sparking anger with the neighboring owners and nail technicians. However, after about nine months of disharmony, Hellams was finally able to smooth things over.

"I sat down with the owner and I explained to her, ‘You don’t have to worry about competition when it comes to nail enhancements because I won’t be offering them,’" Hellams says. "They see how cordial we are and for any type of nail enhancement, we’ll send clients there."

 <p>The nail bar sits off to the right of the Glo Girls salon area and showcases a wide range of China Glaze polishes, fun manicure accessories, and cute design details.</p>

Darling Design

Using a concept created by one of Hellams’ young daughters, the team created a fun salon area for little girls that incorporates lots of girly touches and fresh design accents. "My daughter wanted theater seating with beds, so that’s what we did," Hellams says. "We made it where the lowest level would be where the pedicures would be done. The top level would be more for girls that were waiting for pedicures."

The Glo Girls salon features two main sections, a large pedicure area with two rows of theater-style seating and an adjacent nail bar off to the right with mini bar stool-style seating. Both areas were designed to accommodate the right height measurements and comfort level for children.

The lively pedicure area is full of sweet pinks, greens, yellows, and lots of vibrant prints on a great deal of the fabrics. A large array of multi-colored pillows are placed on each of the seating levels, giving the girls added cushions for lounging. A bright pink orb light adds a soft glow to the entire section, casting a pretty form of light and shadow thanks to the texture on the outside of the lamp. A safety railing is on the free end of the seating, as well as a divider curtain to add some definition to the spaces.

On the lowest level of the pedicure area are five silver pedicure bowls, always prepped to accommodate multiple girls or parent-and-daughter days at the salon. Cute swirled designs are painted on the back wall, complemented by two hot pink framed mirrors for the girls to admire themselves while waiting for pedicures. At standing level on the left side of the area, a small sink at a lowered height provides the girls with a kid-friendly space to wash up.

On the right side of the pedicure area is a manicure area complete with a nail bar, a multitude of manicure accessories, and an equal mix of girlish and modern design details. The manicure area features a similar pink lamp and a "Glo Girls" design on the wall to match the swirls in the pedicure area.

The nail bar is created with shining silver bars and a glass overlay for a modern look that shows off the polishes and manicure accessories. Cute pink and green accessories are featured on the bar and on the walls, giving the room a fresh look while retaining some of the style from the pedicure area. Four rows of small mirrors are placed on the right wall as a fun decor detail, along with two rows of crisp white kid-sized robes for spa guests.

The Glo Girls salon also features two flatscreen televisions and an Xbox video game console. The girls can play games while they wait, watch the Disney channel in between services, or bring their favorite movies from home to enjoy with their friends. The whole space is transformed every weekend for the large number of back-to-back Glo Girls party packages, often booked 45 days or more in advance.

 <p>Madison enjoys a fun-flavored pedicure at the Glo Girls salon and a serious case of the giggles.</p>

Sweets for Tiny Feet

Currently, Glo Girls offers manicures, pedicures, facials, nail art, and foil or rhinestone applications for nails. Polish brands used on the girls include OPI, China Glaze, and CND. To appeal to their little clients’ sweet teeth, salon services are all centered on different fruits and flavors.

Treatments include vanilla cream, mango, and apple, with vanilla cream being the most popular of the three. Facials are also offered in sweet flavors, like chocolate, strawberry, and mango. Manicures range from $12 to $27, pedicures range from $15 to $27, and facials range from $15 to $25. Special packages like the Daddy and Me service and the Mommy and Me service are also popular with parents and daughters visiting the salon.

Glo Girls clients are often referred through radio advertisements, word of mouth referrals, and the salon’s website, but many parents hear about the salon through Hellams’ other half.

"My husband is a Pop Warner youth football coach," she says. A lot of the parents and coaches from the sports teams and community-based youth associations that the Hellams’ are involved with are loyal clients to both salons. The waitlist for Glo Girls is about 30 days, and walk-ins are not permitted. The little salon sees about six to 12 girls a day from ages 3 through 12, not including all of the party packages that are scheduled every weekend.

<p>Alan Edwards and his daughter Jordan enjoy a fun day of pampering with the Glo Girls Daddy and Me service.</p>

"We have five different party packages to choose from," Hellams says. "We have a Pretty and Pink package, a Candy Girl package, a Cookies and Cream package, a Little Miss Princess package, and a Glo Girl Package."

Prices range from $23 per person to $60 per person, with the most popular service being the higher-end Glo Girl Package. "That consists of a manicure, pedicure, nail art, an eco-facial, makeup application, onsite fashion show, and a candy or cookie display," Hellams says. Gift bags include a buffer, nail files, toe separators, L.A. Colors nail polish, lip gloss, facial tissue, and candy. Retail items geared toward Glo Girls clients include nail polish, key chains, hair accessories, Glo Girl T-shirts, and embroidered Glo Girl purses.

The salon also offers different events and on-site activities every Saturday, including movies, face painting, canvas wall art painting, and a variety of different arts and crafts. One of the newer events, called Kitchen Kids, is led by local company Catering Compliments and shows children how to make fun, quick, and easy meals for themselves at home.

After a great year in 2009 and booming first half of 2010, business is beginning to slow down due to the economy, Hellams says. In addition, the cold weather in Maryland hasn’t helped, making pedicures requested much less than manicures at the girls’ salon as well as at the main day spa.

Still, she plans to move forward despite the slow season. Hellams is currently looking into opening two more RiMahni Glo Girls salons, one in Atlanta and another in Texas.

 <p>Glo Girls uses junior helpers who get school credit in exchange for pitching in. Pictured left to right are Ciyani Addison, Milan Campbell, Rodnae Gould, Mahni Hellams, Jamie Myers (center), Jazmine Addison, and Tierra Robinson.</p>

 Quick Look

Salon Name: RiMahni Glo Girls (Inside of the RiMahni Glo Day Spa)

Location: Capitol Heights, Md.

Owners: Mishawn Hellams and Kimberly Harris

Square Footage: 2,500 (total)

Years of ownership: 2

Number of Nail Techs/Total Staff: 2/2

Specialties: Natural nail care and children’s spa parties

Compensation: Commission


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