I’ve cut out the Blow-drying step. Now I put my detangled hair in 10-12 tight braids, band the roots using those fuzzy elastics we used to wear as little girls, allow to air-dry, once dry, tiny section by tiny section I flat iron employing the comb chase method.
I feel this is less drying, you’re exposing your hair to less heat and it gets just as straight. I’m really happy with this newer gentler approach and it will be my default method of straightening from here on in.
Oh, and it eliminated the “burnt pressed hair” smell altogether!! That was GREAT!