~The Stylish Bat~
Hair, Nails, & Makeup by
Alyson Rodriguez Orenstein

Expanding on the skills I've honed for years in back stage dressing rooms, in 2018 I got licensed in cosmetology!  I always knew I'd love doing hair & makeup but surprisingly fell IN LOVE with doing nails too!  

I am now taking nail appointments at Danger Salon in Fishtown (108 E. Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125). I specialize in Gel Manicures & nail art. I am one of the only techs in the Philadelphia area to offer the Apres Gel X system in addition to shellac'soft gel, sculpted hard gel, nail art & other nail services. 

 

NO PEDICURES. 

BOOK TODAY: Text 267.668.7356 or DM @TheStylishBat 

 

"Claws by The Stylish Bat" my line of Press On Nails is also officially available for purchase! Purchase in person or check them out online and I can ship them directly to you! 

 

Find Ready To Wear sets of my fabulous Claws now at:    

* Danger Salon   

* On instagram @TheStylishBat   

* At select events 

* CUSTOM SETS ALSO AVAILABLE!  Let me create a unique set just for you! I can create the perfect tips for that special event- or create wearable art that matches your costume to take that act over the top!  I can't wait to create your custom orders that will complete the ensemble of your dreams!  Shoot me a message or email me at TheStylishBat@gmail dot com! 

I love being part of the fab crew at Danger Salon!  I learn so much from them as hair assistant and I'm always stoked to help keep our clientele looking and feeling fabulous! 

 

Check out my instagram account: @thestylishbat for photos of my cosmetelogical creations.

 

Life can be a war zone.  Be #CombBatReady
 

CLAWS BY THE STYLISH BAT: SHORT TERM APPLICATION (using glue stickers or brush on glue)

Note* Acetone & some heavy cleaners can be very corrosive to nails- AVOID these products/wear gloves as often as possible!

To Apply Your Claws:

 

  1. Completely wash & thoroughly DRY your hands and nails. Dry nails are very important for proper adhesion - and moisture under the nails can cause bacteria to grow!  No thanks!
     

  2. Pick out your sizes & lay them out before you so they are easy to pick up and work with. (Got a finger between sizes? I find that erring smaller is usually less noticeable and less clunky than going a bit too big)  It’s ok to file them a wee bit if needed, but keep in mind if you file through the top coat/polish they will lose longevity.
     

  3. As needed, file the free edge of your own nail so it is smooth and even! (My trick is that since I’m almost always wearing stockings, I gently run my nails on my stockings to check that it won’t snag! Then I know it’s really smooth!)  Be sure to remove all the dust from filing before moving to step 4.
     

  4. Gently push back your cuticle with the provided orange wood stick..
     

  5. Glue Time!
         FOR TABS/STICKERS: Remove appropriate size from the sheet and place it onto your clean, dry, shine free nail at the bottom/back/cuticle area of the nail.  You wanna leave just the slightest bit of space at the bottom of the nail for the edge of the claw to rest on. Place the claw by approaching from above your nail at a 45 degree angle. Start placing it down in the cuticle area.  Press the claw into place, flush with your natural nail and hold it firmly for 10-15 seconds before releasing. Hooray! You’ve got a claw! Repeat through all fingers

    FOR BRUSH ON GLUE:  Brush glue onto your clean, dry nail.  Start at cuticle, brushing towards the tip Coat the nail with a thin layer of glue starting at the cuticle. BE CAREFUL not to flood the cuticle with too much glue, a little goes a long way! Place a drop of glue on the inside of the claw where it will contact your nail. Place the claw by approaching from above your nail at a 45 degree angle. Start placing it down in the cuticle area.  Press the claw into place, flush with your natural nail and hold it firmly for 10-15 seconds before releasing.

*A TIP FOR FAB TIPS* Complete the gluing of one finger before moving onto the next (DO NOT preglue a bunch at a time, you’re asking for trouble, I’ve learned that the hard way!)  I find I prefer to start gluing onto my dominant hand with my non dominant hand first, that way I’m not fighting against using my non dom hand AND getting used to the new claws at the same time.  That way when I get to my second hand I’m using my dominant hand and it’s a bit easier- but do whatever you think works best for you!

 

Enjoy your claws!  This should get you through a night of fun claws- You’re not prepping for long term adhesion, so bring your glue bottle/extra glue tabs with you on the go just in case!  

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CLAWS BY THE STYLISH BAT: LONGER TERM APPLICATION ( 3-5+days, using glue)

Note* Acetone & some heavy cleaners can be very corrosive to nails- AVOID these products/wear gloves as often as possible!

To Apply Your Claws:

 

  1. Completely wash & thoroughly DRY your hands and nails. Dry nails are very important for proper adhesion- and moisture under the nails can cause bacteria to grow!  No thanks!
     

  2. Pick out your sizes & lay them out before you so they are easy to pick up and work with. Got a finger between sizes? I find that erring smaller is usually less noticeable than going too big, and going too big leaves more risk for moisture getting between you and your claws. It’s ok to file them a wee bit if needed, but keep in mind if you file through the top coat/polish they mat lose integrity.
     

  3. Using a small file, gently file/rough up the inside of the claw where it will contact your nail- glue sticks better to a rough surface!
     

  4. As needed, file the free edge of your own nail so it is smooth and even! (My trick is that since I’m almost always wearing stockings, I gently run my nails on my leg to check that it won’t snag! Then I know it’s really smooth!)  Be sure to remove all the dust from filing before moving to step 5.
     

  5. Gently push back your cuticle and buff the entire surface of your nail- your goal is NOT to remove layers of your nail, but to completely get rid of the shine- glue doesn’t like to stay on shiny nails!
     

  6. Glue Time!  Brush glue onto your clean, dry, shine free nail.  Start at cuticle, brushing towards the tip. Paint your nail with a THIN LAYER of glue starting at the cuticle BE CAREFUL not to flood the cuticle with too much glue, a little goes a long way! Paint a THIN LAYER of glue on the inside of the claw where it will contact your nail. Place the claw by approaching from above your nail at a 45 degree angle. Start placing it down in the cuticle area.  Press the claw into place, flush with your natural nail and hold it firmly for 10-15 seconds before releasing.


*A TIP FOR FAB TIPS* Complete the gluing of one finger before moving onto the next (DO NOT preglue a bunch at a time, you’re asking for trouble, I’ve learned that the hard way!)  I find I prefer to start gluing onto my dominant hand with my non dominant hand first, that way I’m not fighting against using my non dom hand AND getting used to the new claws at the same time.  That way when I get to my second hand I’m using my dominant hand and it’s a bit easier- but do whatever you think works best for you!

 

Enjoy your claws!  I keep a bottle of glue in my purse just in case i catch my claw in a door or something (I'm a clutz) but generally you should be good to go!

CLAWS BY THE STYLISH BAT 

REMOVAL:

With mindful wear, removal and storage, you’ll enjoy wearing your claws over and over!  

Note* Acetone & some heavy cleaners can be very corrosive to nails- AVOID these products/wear gloves as often as possible!

 

  1. Soak your fingers in warm water.  You can add a wee bit of soap if you like, but too much soaking in some soaps can be corrosive to the claws.  
     

  2. BE PATIENT.  Use the provided orange wood stick to gently lift the claws from your nails.  DO NOT PRY THE CLAWS OFF! When you rip claws off it can take layers of nail tissue off with them!  This can hurt and leave your nails damaged. Do not “pick” at the glue left on your nail plate. When you rip glue off it usually takes layers of your nail with it and can create pitting/weaken the nail.
     

  3. Once you claws are removed, the orange wood stick and/or small file can be used to remove excess glue from your fingernails or the claws themselves.  It is best to remove all glue and dry the claws completely BEFORE storing them in the provided box until you’re ready for their next time out on the town!

MORE "TIPS" FOR LASTING  CLAW WEAR

Your natural nails and the gel  that the claws are made of are a bit porous, so be mindful of what you're getting your paws into!

1.  Keep them clean and dry! Use gloves when washing dishes/whenever possible.  Water getting under the nail is the #1 cause of lifting & other issues.  Make sure to dry hands thoroughly whenever they do need to get wet. 

2. Avoid heavy cleaners & acetone. whenever possible  Many cleaners will damage the nails.  Use gloves when cleaning.

3. Regularly dab a bit of cuticle oil / moisturizing lotions around your nails. Healthy nourished nails don't soak up as much water or get as dehydrated- some of the biggest reasons your nails might pop off

4) If a claw does loosen, simply remove the glue, you can use the provided file & orange wood stick.  Thoroughly  clean & dry the claw and your nail, then reapply as normal.

© 2019 Alyson Rodriguez Orenstein

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