Wurlies are somewhere in between a curly and a wavy

Community member blueroses79 shows off her wurly locks

Ever feel like you can't be categorized? Your hair isn't quite curly. But it's not wavy either.

Now there's a word for you: Wurly! And you've created it right here on NaturallyCurly!

On CurlTalk, one reader identifies herself as a "first-week wurly." Another says "By the way, the way you describe your hair - 2C-F-iii - is probably accurate for my hair too, since I also seem to have a fine, 'wurly' and thick hair thing going on."

So what is the definition of wurly? It varies, but the general consensus seems to be that it's:

  • Between curly and wavy
  • A 2c+ or a 3a-
  • Wavy Curls
  • Not exactly spirals, and definitely not straight

Just fyi: The official definition is an Australian indigenous shelter made from small branches with leaves still attached.

"I didn't realize the term "wurly" had really caught on," says CurlTalker WavyCurly40+. "I hope it has. It's a very useful word, and I think there's also a bit of wordplay—it sounds like "whirl," which to me implies the sort of wacky, inconsistent, changing-shape-and-direction tendencies of this curl pattern."

"There are a bunch of us in the sometimes-frustrating category," she adds. "Perhaps we are finally learning to embrace it!"

Wurl Power!


As co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the NaturallyCurly.com® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.

I constantly describe my hair as wurly. It fits!

I am pretty new here and have been trying to rate my curls. This Is me I AM WURLY. This could help me! I am on day 1 (again) and came here for support and found it! Thanks!

I'm totally wurly. Yep, completely wurly.

I guess I'm part wurly — I never thought about it before. Some sections of my hair don't corkscrew, they are more wavy. Sometimes these waves do a corkscrew at the end, sometimes they don't They're wurls!

I first learned the word over at the Long Hair Community, and it seems to have migrated here from there. It is a useful word for those in between wavy and curly.