^ I believe he is a dapper dan man. I have found that pomade is much to stiff and waxy (and it NEVER comes out of your hair) there are other old timey concoctions such as hair oil and hair tonic that I have yet to try.
You can achieve a noticeable part when your hair length is little more than one half to three quarters of an inch in length....been doing it for years; the barber uses a #1 clipper guard on the sides and back of my hair, with the hair on top left just long enough to achieve a hint of a part (on the left). My wife tells me it makes me look severe. I just think it looks neat, clean and is really easy to maintain!