I think so.
Even when my hair was 14 inches long the majority of my hair grew up and out - I love it
The majority of my hair is made up of cottony coils but the hair at the back of my hair is more silky and it has a larger s shaped curl pattern. Those curls grow down and hang low.
Have you tried twisting your hair when it's damp and then stretching it out before it dries? I find that my hair retains more moisture this way. It also looks shinier and feels smoother because the cuticles are flattened. I get the best results when I stretch my twists using duck bill clips.