I don't blow-dry mine before straightening either. It doesn't make much of a difference. What brand of argan oil do you get? Is it pure or mixed with silicones?
Out of curiosity, how much did you pay?
I straighten in layers too. It's so much easier that way. I've been wanting to try the Ion spray. Have you tried any other of Ion's heat styling solutions?
Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
AKA hard to work with hair!
Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's