Naturally nondescript

That’s the head of hair with which most of us are endowed, both as to color and as to texture. But some sport exuberant curly hair, and Austin is information headquarters for those people. It’s been some time since Austin’s first attracted national attention. The most recent coverage, in today’s NYT, reports that this Web portal has been so successful in attracting advertising that it has now also attracted an infusion of venture capital (“Bad Hair Days Lead Pair to Web Incubator and Venture Capital,” May 27, byline Bob Tedeschi). Affiliated are and the e-commerce site CurlMart. CurlMart even has a special range of products for the curly-haired “modern mad,” promising that these will “endorse his masculiity.” I bet that a lot of the first visitors to these sites live right here in high-humidity Austin. I’m always surprised at how much longer even wavy hair, not just curly hair, seems in low-humidity places like mountain New Mexico, where, as it dries, its own weight pulls it straighter.

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