Color Street Nail Care: How to Store Them.

Pssst! Wanna cheat the system and get more than one use from your color street strips? If you need to know how to store your Color Street nails, I gotcha covered. In this post, we’ll go over all the best ways to store color street nails. I’ll even throw in a few organization tips too!

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Before we dive in let me tell you that this is NOT a sales pitch – I don’t sell color street. I’m not in cahoots with them and I don’t make any money from them whatsoever.

That being said, let’s get started!

We’re about to answer all of your questions about storing color street nails.

In a hurry?

Here’s the fast answer in case your strips are drying out right now!

The best way to store opened color street nails is to put them back into the original plastic packet. Remove the air and seal the package shut using a flat iron. Then pop them in the freezer and they should last for 2 to 3 months.

Now you have the short answer, let’s go into a bit more detail and get some storage and organization tips!

Here’s what we’ll cover:

How long do color street nails last after opening?

How to store color street nail strips

Should I store my color Street nails in the freezer?

Can you store color street nails in a ziploc bag?

How do you organize street color strips?

How do I store my color street inventory?

Final thoughts


Color Street is meant to be a 1-time use product. So although there are lots of tips, tricks, and hacks online on how to store color street nails, the official line is that you can only use them once.

So according to color street, there are no guarantees that any of these storage methods will work.

But they do!

How long do color street nails last after opening?

If left open, color street polish strips will dry out and become useless.

The clock starts ticking as soon as you open the packet!

Color street nails are 95% dry inside the packaging. It doesn’t take long for that last 5% to dry.

The official curing time is 30 minutes, so if you want to save the leftover strips, seal them up as soon as possible after opening.


But what’s the best way to keep them from drying out?

Well, there are a few different methods you can try.

How to store color street nail strips

The best way to store your unused color street nails is to put them back in the original packaging.

This plastic packet has been designed to keep color street fresh, so it makes sense to re-use it.

Your first challenge is to get the strips back into the packaging.

It’s not that easy!

Here are some useful time and stress-saving tips.

Tear or fold the strips first

You want to make sure that the nails themselves are at the bottom of the packet so that you have enough space to heat seal the packet back up.

Here’s what you need to do.

Don’t try to put the entire strip back in. It’s much easier to either tear the nail strips up into pairs or fold them down the center.

Remove the air

Once you have them back in the packet, you’ll need to get the air out.

To do this, place the pack on a flat surface and run your fingers or your hand from the bottom (closed-end) to the top (open end).

Use heat to seal

You don’t have to heat seal (more on that later) but Color street do store best if they are heat-sealed.

If you are using heat, make sure you keep the heat away from the nail strips themselves – because they are made from nail polish and are flammable!

To heat seal the packet, you’ll need either a flat iron or an iron for clothes.

Flat iron method:

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Remove the air from the packet and then press the packet together using your flat iron.

Hold the straighteners shut for 2 or 3 seconds, then remove. Check if the seal is tight. If not repeat the process, but don’t hold for too long because you’ll melt the plastic!

In fact, I’d recommend purchasing a mini flat iron for this – just in case. Especially if you use color street a lot.

The last thing you want is to ruin your hair straighteners!

Clothes iron method:

If you have a flat iron, or you don’t want to use yours, then you can use a clothes iron to heat seal your nail strips.

Put the iron on medium heat and make sure you remove the air from your packet first.

Keeping the iron well away from the strips themselves, hold it for a few seconds over the open end of the packet.

check the seal is tight and repeat or turn the iron up slightly if needed.

Tape over the top place the tape and fold it over the top, make sure no air

How to store color street without using heat

If you don’t want to use heat, you can also try using tape to secure the packet.

Simply remove the air, then tape over the opening as tight as you can.

One piece of tape laid across the top and then folded over the seal should do the trick.

Should I store my color Street nails in the freezer?

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Yes! this is a great idea.

You can store opened color street packets that you have heat-sealed in the freezer for up to 6 months.

But remember, color street do not guarantee that they will still work as well.

If you are going to throw your strips in the deep freeze, make sure that you allow enough time for them to defrost before you try to use them.

Color street nails are best applied at normal room temperature – so be patient!

Can you store color street nails in a ziploc bag?

Yes, you can store color street nails in a Ziploc bag.

If you have a lot of sets that you have already sealed in their original packaging then you can absolutely go ahead and throw them all in a ziplock bag in the freezer together.

If your individual packages are not heat sealed you can still store them in the freezer. But try to remove as much air as you can before you seal up the Ziploc bag.

How do you organize street color strips?

When it comes to organizing your color street nail collection, clear storage containers and display stands are your friends!

A 5 x 7 photo box is the ideal size for storing color street packages.

It’s a good idea to have one box for solids, one for glitters, and one for nail art designs.

The color street envelope measures 2.75″ x 6.25″. 

You could take organization one step further and put your strips into alphabetical order. This may take more time but is well worth doing if you want to be able to find the design you’re looking for in a hurry.

Some other great ideas for storing color street include:

  • A photo album
  • A storage bin
  • A cosmetic bag
  • Jewelry display boxes
  • Clear plastic drawers
  • Sewing box
  • Lever arch file filled with plastic card-protectors (like for trading cards).

How do I store my color street inventory?

If you are a color street rep, you’re going to need somewhere to store all of those pretty nails!

The best way is to store them is inside clear airtight containers. That way you can keep the packets in pristine condition.

You can also see exactly what you have and find the ones you’re looking for much more easily.

If you can find clear storage boxes with dividers – even better!

Once you’re organized, you can put all of the containers into a large travel bag or trolley for easy transportation.

Final thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to store your color street nails.

It’s really up to you, so have a think about what works best for you and your lifestyle.

Just make sure that you keep the packets sealed and in a cool, dry place – and you should be good to go!

I hope that you enjoyed this post on how to store color street nails.

Happy stripping!


How long can I store my color street nails for?

If you heat seal the packets, your color street nails should last 1 to 2 months.

If you’re storing them in the freezer, they should last for up to 6 months.

How do I organize my color street nails?

Alphabetically, by design, or into type (solid, glitter, nail art).

How do I store my color street nails if I’m a rep?

Inside clear airtight containers with dividers and/or labels.

Can I use a different sealant than the one that comes with color street nails?

Yes, you can use a different sealant but it is not guaranteed to work.

It’s always better to stick to the original packet. Or a Ziploc bag.

What are some other ways to store my color street nails?

In a photo album, storage bin, cosmetic bag, jewelry display box, clear plastic drawer, or lever arch file.

Where is the best place to store my color street nails?

In a cool, dry place. Preferably in their original packaging or in a Ziploc bag in the freezer.

Should I store my color street nails in the freezer or at room temperature?

To make them last longer, you should store them in the freezer and allow them to return to room temperature before using.


  • Phoebe Meadows

    Phoebe Meadows is a self-proclaimed nail addict, always on the lookout for the latest trends and techniques. When she's not creating stunning nail designs, you can find her researching the latest nail care products or experimenting with new techniques.