The state of not maintaining locks, except separation. Freeforming can be a method of starting locks, which some people know as the “neglect” method. Locks started with other methods (cultivated locks) can be freeformed by doing nothing more than separating the locks between washes to avoid matting. While anyone can freeform at any time, it is generally understood that the specific term “freeform locks” only pertains to locks that were started by freeforming and have remained untouched by maintenance.