Coat the area you will braid with a hair balm like Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Smooth Combing Creme ($5). "It's not as tough as using gel," notes Skervin. "It just gives you a bit more maneuverability than a gel would. Once a gel is dry, it's really crisp, whereas this keeps it smooth while giving you the separation you need to see the braid."
Source: Lexi Lambros