The curl is natural, assisted only by a few spritzes of Vidal Sasson hairspray (what was I thinking?), although it looks from this photo like the poodle-like souffle of hair on the crown of my head had fallen, or been mashed, by this point in the day. Look closely, and you'll also spot a RUSH concert t-shirt. The Canadian band was a favorite of my drummer buddy Donny (we still talk on the phone once in a while), a year ahead of me, and I admired the playing of that band's bass and keyboard player Geddy Lee a great deal at the time.
This was also the time, more or less, when I had the bright idea of attempting to paint up 15mm corp-sized Waterloo-era forces. Blame the late Paddy Griffith and his book Napoleonic Wargaming for Fun. Sadly, and despite painting sporadically for the next 20 years, the project never quite came to fruition due to life, college, graduate school, and so forth. I really must figure out what to do with those boxes of painted and unpainted 15mm figures one day!