The neatness of locks isn’t so much determined by the starting method, but more by the individual’s hair type, as well as frequency and technique of maintenance. The only exception to this rule are locks started via freeforming, which tend to be messier than other methods. But other than that, locks that are maintained infrequently tend to be messier than those that are maintained regularly. Some hair types lock very tight and smooth without maintenance, and others stay messy if left unmaintained. There are many variables that determine the aesthetic outcome of a set of locks.