Smooth Scalpers provide fresh fades for the LG Indians

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Smooth Scalpers provide fresh fades for the LG Indians

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Marlon Joe (front), of Smooth Scalpers, shaves DC Stewart’s head, while Mike Beads Don’t Mix, Hardin High School assistant basketball coach, works on Ty Moccasin’s hair Tuesday in the LGHS boys’ locker room. Damon Gros Ventre waits his turn while on his phone. The duo provided free haircuts for the Lodge Grass High School varsity basketball team just in time for their appearance at the Southern C Divisional tournament in Billings. Gros Ventre, who is a regular client of Beads Don’t Mix, helped coordinate the event. The Indians play tonight at 5 p.m. and the Lady Indians play at noon today at First Interstate Arena at MetraPark in Billings.

Marlon Joe and Mike Beads Don’t Mix, two of the three barbers known as the Smooth Scalpers, got to work Tuesday providing 13 haircuts for the Lodge Grass High School Indians basketball team.

The barbers donned their time to cut nearly the whole team’s hair “and a couple of by standers,” said Beads Don’t Mix. “A couple kids wanted cuts too, so we got them in.”

Bead Don’t Mix, who is an assistant coach in Hardin, is a LGHS alum and former Lodge Grass Indian Basketball player. He is planning on starting school to obtain his barber license.

“I usually cut Damon (Gros Ventre)’s hair on a regular basis, but I’ve been super busy with basketball practice and Marlon has been busy with his barbering in Billings,” he said. “So we decided to get it done in one shot. Damon was the middle man and let everybody know we were coming.”

Joe, who works out of A Head of Our Time Salon in Billings, and Savoy Fog in the Morning travel with Beads Don’t Mix to a few different events during the year to provide lowcost, and often times free hair cuts. They have set up their mobile barber shop at powwows and other community events.

“We volunteer for the youth,” Joe said. “It makes you feel good when you see the kid’s smile on their face after you show them their haircut, especially with a unique design. We want to be role models for the youth, show them that whatever you love and like to do their is no limits.”

Joe, a U.S. Army veteran, has been cutting hair for years.

“I use to cut hair at my house in Crow Agency, in the garage, basement and bathroom. Now I am a licensed Barber/Cosmetologist in Montana,” Joe said. “I’m trying to start my own barbershop in Billings this summer and going to be called 406 Elite Barber Company.”