For tran­si­tion­ers, the line of demar­ca­tion presents a spe­cial set of chal­lenges on it’s own. Iden­ti­fied as the point where your old dam­aged hair meets your new nat­u­ral hair, the line of demar­ca­tion can lit­er­al­ly make or break your tran­si­tion. Because this area of your hair is struc­tural­ly weak, it is super impor­tant to keep mois­tur­ized and nour­ished to ward off break­age.

line of demarcation

Great mois­tur­iz­ers played a piv­otal role in help­ing me suc­cess­ful­ly tran­si­tion for 21 months with min­i­mal break­age. My biggest chal­lenge was find­ing the right mois­tur­iz­ers — some­thing that would effec­tive­ly nour­ish my hair and ward off pre­ma­ture snap­ping, with­out mak­ing my heat dam­age look like Top Ramen. Check out the­se 7 mois­tur­iz­ers that will help keep that line of demar­ca­tion in check!


1. Hair Lotion by Rapun­zel The Future of Hair

Admit­ted­ly, I just got my hands on the Rapun­zel Hair Lotion at the begin­ning of Feb­ru­ary. But this is tru­ly one of those prod­ucts I wished I would have had from day 1. Rapunzel’s Hair Lotion is for­mu­lat­ed specif­i­cal­ly to work on heat straight­ened, relaxed, and nat­u­ral hair. The sec­ond I put it on my hair, it soaks right in with­out a greasy, oily, or tacky residue. Based in Avo­cado and Coconut Oil, this mois­tur­iz­er is per­fect for pen­e­trat­ing, nour­ish­ing, and improv­ing elas­tic­i­ty right at the line of demar­ca­tion with­out weigh­ing hair down. I’m not ter­ri­bly wild about the fra­grance, but trust and believe — it does not keep me away from using this stuff almost dai­ly!


2. Curl Souf­fle by Curls

The sec­ond I got my hands on Curl Souf­fle, I had to work hard at con­vinc­ing myself not to taste it. It has a sweet, fluffy vanil­la marsh­mal­low fra­grance that is absolute­ly divine. Beyond smelling scrump­tious, Curl Souf­fle is based in Aloe Vera Juice, Glyc­er­in, and Sun­flow­er Seed Oil. This mois­tur­iz­er is def­i­nite­ly nour­ish­ing enough for the new growth while being able to quench dam­aged hair dry­ness. The Aloe in the Souf­fle helps smooth the cuti­cle (which can def­i­nite­ly be an issue with relaxed and heat dam­aged hair), while the glyc­er­in attracts mois­ture to the hair, mak­ing sure the line of demar­ca­tion doesn’t go dry. This pro­duct can def­i­nite­ly be applied dai­ly with­out fear of buildup.


3. Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie

A holy grail of sorts for many nat­u­rals, Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie pret­ty much makes it to everyone’s “Must Try At Least Once” list. As a tran­si­tion­er, I tried it and loved it. Not because it enhanced my curls (because I total­ly didn’t have any), but because of the mois­tur­iz­ing punch it packed. The only draw­back was that in the begin­ning stages of my tran­si­tion, I found it too heavy. So I got a lit­tle cre­ative a mixed in some Aloe Vera Gel with it. Turns out, it became a dynam­ic duo for mois­tur­iz­ing my hair, nour­ish­ing my line of demar­ca­tion, and giv­ing me great shine and soft­ness. Click here to read all about it!


4. tgin But­ter Cream Dai­ly Mois­tur­iz­er

I can’t say enough good things about tgin prod­ucts in gen­er­al — espe­cial­ly the But­ter Cream Dai­ly Mois­tur­iz­er. It is an all-around great mois­tur­iz­er for nat­u­rals and tran­si­tion­ing hair; espe­cial­ly when it comes to the demar­ca­tion line. The But­ter Cream Dai­ly mois­tur­iz­er is thick (but not too thick), and works espe­cial­ly great on thirsty, super dry hair. This stuff was lit­er­al­ly a God­send, and whipped my super coarse and thick crown tran­si­tion­ing hair into shape. Packed with Shea But­ter, Coconut Oil, and Olive Oil, But­ter Cream Dai­ly Mois­tur­iz­er will pen­e­trate, nour­ish, and pro­tect even the dri­est of tran­si­tion­ing hair.


5. Qhemet Bio­log­ics Bur­dock Root But­ter Cream

When­ev­er my hair need­ed some extra mois­ture and love, I would reach for Bur­dock Root But­ter Cream. Qhemet Bio­log­ics has some great prod­ucts, and many nat­u­rals rave about the won­ders of the Amla and Olive Heavy Cream. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I found the Amla and Olive to be a lit­tle too heavy for my heat dam­age. Based in Olive Oil and Glyc­er­in, the Bur­dock Root But­ter Cream packs a super mois­tur­iz­ing punch that won’t weigh the hair down. Also, it con­tains water infused with Bur­dock Root, Oat­straw, and Net­tle — all which help for­ti­fy, nour­ish and strength­en the hair. A total dou­ble-win for tran­si­tion­ing hair!


6. Pura Body Nat­u­rals Sapote Hair Lotion

Pura Body Nat­u­rals will always have a spe­cial place in my heart for this one. Their Sapote Hair Lotion was the first mois­tur­iz­er I had tried that didn’t con­tain Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, or Shea But­ter. So if you have any par­tic­u­lar griev­ances about those ingre­di­ents, this pro­duct may be worth a try. Made with Organ­ic Sapote, Babas­su Oil, Cupuacu But­ter, and Brazil Nut Oil, this Ama­zo­ni­an lotion blend is super creamy and mois­tur­iz­ing with­out being impos­si­bly thick. In fact, I got some of my best tran­si­tion­er wash and go’s with Sapote Hair Lotion. This super exotic lotion is full of antiox­i­dants, vit­a­mins, and more — all which nour­ish, improve elas­tic­i­ty and help strength­en the hair.


7. Eden Body­Works Coconut Shea Pud­ding Souf­fle

EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle

Of all the prod­ucts men­tioned on this list, Coconut Shea Pud­ding Souf­fle is the most cost-effec­tive. Under $10 for 16oz of qual­i­ty pro­duct is vir­tu­al­ly unheard of in the world of nat­u­ral hair. Based in Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, and Shea But­ter, this mois­tur­iz­ing pro­duct will pen­e­trate the hair, help cor­rect cuti­cle issues (which can lead to hair feel­ing more dry), and provide a super soft­ness. This is a great bar­gain for the price, and tran­si­tion­ers look­ing to get more bang for their buck are def­i­nite­ly encour­aged to try the Coconut Shea Pud­ding Souf­fle. It will do won­ders for the line of demar­ca­tion, with­out caus­ing tons of icky buildup.



What are some of your favorite tran­si­tion­ing mois­tur­iz­ers?


For more tran­si­tion­ing and nat­u­ral hair tips from Christi­na, check out her blog, The Mane Objec­tive. You can also find her on YouTube, Insta­gram and Face­book.

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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12 Comments on "7 Moisturizers for the Line of Demarcation in Transitioning Hair"

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Cree Ann

Hi Christi­na,

What type of nat­u­ral hair do the­se prod­ucts work on? Any? Some­times it gets real frus­trat­ing when ppl talk about prod­ucts and are not speci­fic to which hair type they work best on. Before a blog, a com­ment or a reply, ppl should state their type of nat­u­ral hair to elim­i­nate any con­fu­sion.

Thank you


lol I got mad and just cut off after about 6 months. XD

lovely day

Kinky Curly Knot today and Curling Cus­tard.

D Davis

If you had to pick just one, which would it be.

Christina Patrice

D Davis, that’s such a hard ques­tion! I’m a pro­duct junkie, so I’ll have 2–3 of the­se on hand at any given time…lol. But if I had to pick a top 2 or 3.… I’d say the tgin But­ter Cream Dai­ly Mois­tur­iz­er, the Curls Curl Souf­fle, and Rapun­zel Hair Lotion. Gah. That was hard. Lol.


One of the most tried and true mois­tur­iz­ers for tran­si­tion­ing hair is the old school s-curl mois­tur­iz­ing spray or care­free care gold mois­tur­iz­er. Using s-curl spray was one of the main com­ponets that helped me to suc­cess­ful­ly tran­si­tion for 2 years 2005–’s still one my sta­ples today it’s good stuff. :)

Robyn C

I real­ly wish I could try some of the­se prod­ucts You guys are so lucky you have so many prod­ucts options to chose from. I’m from South Africa and there are no prod­ucts here specif­i­cal­ly made for nat­u­ral hair, it’s real­ly sad
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Ugonna Wosu

Use what you have there. You can use prod­ucts not designed specif­i­cal­ly for nat­u­ral hair and be just fine, as long as they’re mois­tur­iz­ing and con­di­tion­ing.


Nice post!

Christina Patrice

Thank you Jacky!


Wow, I nev­er knew it actu­al­ly had a name!



Can­tu for Nat­u­ral Hair’s Coconut Curling Cre­me is my absolute favorite mois­tur­iz­ing styling pro­duct for my tran­si­tion­ing hair; it’s one of the few prod­ucts that allows for either a comb or my fin­gers to eas­i­ly glide through my hair.