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Was going to say anything between CC Kool Dry and K9II would work. And getting a grooming table is a necessity (because you will otherwise be chasing your dog around the house).
If your dog's coat is truly curly - no amount of blow drying is going to keep that straight. You can work on it and see if you can train it to lie smooth, but honestly minimizing the cowlicks and bed-hair is going to be your goal vs having the coat look like a show dog's coat.
Many of the show dogs out there have been bred to have mostly straight coats. You'll have some flips around the shoulders and waves here or there, but mainly they have straight hair no matter what the grooming routine is (or isn't).
When people complain about or embrace wavy coats - in what I've seen, it's sometimes mainly just bed hair. <= The equivalent is me washing my hair, and putting it in a bun before I go to bed. If I do that, my hair is like 3-4 inches shorter in the morning because of curls. And I will have major waves for a couple days when I brush that out.
I have to run to set up at a show (hour drive, yay) - but mainly pointing out that whatever dryer you have, you have to know how to dry your dog in the most efficient way possible.
I blow backwards (tail to head and belly up) to get water out of the undercoat. And I will blow in this one direction until there's no more water getting sprayed off. Then I blow the opposite way and smooth the coat down so it lays smooth.
And I keep going back and forth until the coat is completely dry.
With a CC Kool Dry - it takes about 30-40 minutes, give or take.
I typically gently smooth an oil over the top coat to condition it after drying. Even though the dryer I use does not have a heater frying the hair, I still think too much drying can damage the coat. Other people spray other products into the coat to add moisture back to the coat.
Anyway - gotta run.