Friends and fellow hairdressers Kresha Swindler and Warri Graves have plenty of experience with hair, makeup and even producing platform shows that are part of hair conferences and conventions.
Putting on a show at the Clay Center's Walker Theater is another matter, they acknowledge.
Swindler and Graves are willing to take their chances for a good cause.
Their Hair Celebration and Pretty Girl Production Saturday night is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
The show features about 20 models wearing outfits Swindler and Graves have fashioned from hair extensions and hairpieces. The models also will sport hairstyles the two Dunbar stylists create along with fantasy makeup. That's the stuff they've done many times at hair shows in big cities such as Atlanta; Richmond, Va.; and Chicago, winning awards several times.
As "platform" artists, they are hired by representatives of hair and beauty products to create looks using those products.
Swindler said the last time a hair show was done in Charleston was in the 1990s, so she and Graves decided it was time for another. They hope the idea catches on and grows and becomes a significant fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which they selected because they have so many family and friends affected by cancer.
The show includes three exotic scenes with lighting and music featuring the models. Swindler and Graves have spent many hours creating colorful costumes and say they'll be at the Clay Center all day Saturday working on hair and makeup, with help from another local makeup artist.
The show will be hosted by Leeshia Lee of the radio station 98.7 The Beat and by Crystal Good and includes performances by comedian Hassen Kalwar and music by Jonathan Smith and Mark Price of the band Hybrid Soul.
"It's a celebration all around," said Graves.