Even though many of us are confident in our natural hair, sometimes we wonder what our male counterparts really think. A few single naturals expressed that men stop approaching them once they decided to wear their true hair texture. I believe its all in the confidence a woman exudes when wearing her hair natural and that goes for women with relaxed hair as well. Men adore women who feel good about themselves and defeat the odds to be unique. When I started searching for men to provide their perspective on this topic, I received overwhelming responses. Which says there are men who acknowledge and recognize our true beauty! In the upcoming weeks I will continue to post the responses of these gentlemen who support natural hair!
Meet 37 year old Marlin Martin
I'm a Father of 2 Teen-aged Boys & a 5 year old Girl. I'm the Vice president of NAPturally Mine Apparel. I'm passionate about Positive Energy, my Loved Ones and Mac & Cheese! :-)
How often are you exposed to natural hair?
My girlfriend Sharon Denise (CEO of NAPturally Mine) has Natural Hair. I continue to support her by reminding her that she's Beautiful "AS-IS"...just the way GOD created her.
What do you think about a woman who chooses to embrace her natural hair?
I believe she's Bold, Brave & Beautiful! Bold, because she's going against Societal "Norms" & making a statement to redefine the meaning of BEAUTY!! Brave, because learning how to Treat, Manage & Nurture Natural Hair can be a challenging journey!! And Beautiful, because in Genesis 1:31, it states,"God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good" To me, this means: God saw Beauty in what he created!!
In your opinion, what makes natural hair unique?
I love the versatility it provides! One day you can make a Bold statement by wearing an Afro or Afro Puff to accentuate your true texture....the next day you could sport a 2 strand twist out to display unique styles to match your individual personality...then you could Silk Press it to show the length of your Hair!!
The limitless possibilities are ALL Healthy & ALL Natural!
What do you think about black women who are considering going natural & rocking her natural texture?
I think those Sisters should do some extensive research...via other Natural Sisters, Natural hair blogs, Youtube videos & Natural Hair support groups, like Sharon Denise's "Newly NAPtural" Group on Facebook. These avenues can prove to be not only educational but encouraging! I also think those sister's should try to practice patience... because success usually doesn't come over night! It's an ongoing process to learn how your hair will react to different products, temperatures & regiments. Eventually you learn what does and does not work for your hair.
In terms of hair texture, length, style, etc. do you have a preference?
I like the range of styles that 3B & 4A hair can maintain...however the only specific preference I have is that it should be worn with the best accessory imaginable...a Gorgeous Smile!
What are some of your favorite natural hairstyles?
My Favorite styles are the 2 Strand Twist Out & the Classic Afro...but those are only my favorite when they're worn with Pride & Confidence...which allows your Natural Beauty to radiate from the Inside Out!!
What message would you like share with Natural Women?
Making Positive Life Changes is like Going Natural! Your HEAD is now FREE & Clear of All those DAMAGING CHEMICALS! So whether you do the "BIG CHOP" or a "SMOOTH TRANSITION...just get those NEGATIVE INFLUENCES outta your HAIR & be Proud of your Natural Beauty..cuz the Creator Loves to see your "NEW GROWTH"!!