Color Street nail strips come with two sets of eight strips in each package. This is fantastic because that means I can often get two manicures out of one package with my short nails. I love to try and save my nail strips so I can use them again or pull one or two strips out for that perfect mixed mani! It’s important to note that Color Street only guarantees the quality of the nail strips on first use. Because they are real nail polish, the strips will dry out once exposed to air.
That being said, there are a few things that you can do to help extend the longevity of your strips so you can use them again.
Step #1 – Save the original packaging
When you first open the strips, open them on the one end with the tear strip. This will be the same packaging that you will store your strips in.
Step #2 – Put your strips back into the packaging
After you’ve put your beautiful mani on, put the strips back into the original packaging. You may need to separate some of the strips so they’re easier to put back in. Also, you’ll want to leave room at the opening to be able to reseal them. The goal is to be able to seal the package so the strips aren’t exposed to air anymore.
Step #3 – Seal the end
Grab your flatiron and hold it over the opening to seal it. If you don’t have a flatiron you could use an iron or a food saver vacuum seal. I also like to put them in a zip lock bag and then throw them in the freezer for when I’m ready to use them again.
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When it comes to using them again it’s pretty easy. I like to pull the strips out of the freezer and sit on them and/or just let them sit out for a bit. Just like the first time you used the strips you’ll want to make sure they are room temperature so they are pliable and easy to use.
If you don’t want to waste your strips but don’t want to reuse them, I totally get that too. Here are some ideas for making the most of your strips.
Idea #1- Get together with friends
If you love a good mixed mani but don’t want to open multiple sets have your friends over. Have everyone come over with a set or two that you can all share! It will allow you to try sets you might not have originally and create beautiful mixed manis with sets you don’t have.
Idea #2 – Share with your kiddos
Who doesn’t love a matching mani with your mini-me! It’s a great way to use up your strips and also have some quality time with your kiddos. Plus, because they are nail strips and not press ons they aren’t as easy for your kids to peel them off. Disclaimer – nail strips (and all nail polish) are not FDA approved for kiddos under 12.
Idea #3 – Give yourself a pedi
Your hands shouldn’t be the ones having all the fun. We do have pedicure sets that are great and have a wider variety of sizes, however our mani strips work well on your toes as well. Pro tip: do your toes first so you can protect your mani!
So whether you’re using up all your strips in one go, or saving some for future manis, hopefully these tips will help you make the most of your Color Street!