It may or may not come to a surprise that there is a slight learning curve when it comes to applying and preventing common Color Street problems. It is not a hard product to master, but there are problems that I see come up frequently. And because of this a lot of people end up asking “can Color Street ruin my nails?” It’s important to troubleshoot when these problems occur to get the best application possible. You’ll love your nails more and they’ll love you back!
Updated August 20, 2021
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Let’s get to solving these Color Street problems and making sure you know how to troubleshoot on your own!
Why are my Color Street nails cracking?
This is one of the most common Color Street problems that I see in my personal use of the product. Rest assured this is not a problem with the nail polish strips themselves or your Color Street application. Cracking is a normal effect from your nails expanding and contracting. Nails are incredibly absorbent and take in water causing them to swell or expand. However, when they dry the nail will contract and shrink. Nail polish of any kind will succumb to this problem. No, I’m not saying you have to just deal with it!
There are ways to help prevent cracking, or at least prolong the inevitable. Solid colors tend to be the biggest offenders when it comes to Color Street nails cracking. They are thicker than their glitter counterparts making them less conducive to the expanding and contracting of your nail.
The best way to help prevent the cracking is to layer, layer, layer. You can double up on the same color by using the other side of the strip, apply a different color, or even a clear overlay like this one. You don’t even HAVE to use Color Street. Play around with different liquid topcoats such as this one for a matte effect. The point is, making your nails thicker and stronger will keep them from cracking (as quickly).
Why are my Color Street nails not sticking?
If this is one of your main Color Street problems, let me tell you that you’re not alone! Again, this is another huge problem I see from people and most of the time it is a problem with application. Your skin produces a lot of natural oils that keep it hydrated and healthy. You know all those fingerprints you see on windows and stainless appliances? That’s your skin oil. In order for Color Street to stick properly your nail must be free of these oils.
One of the very first steps to Color Street application is using an alcohol prep pad and one is included with every set. However, if after doing this step the strips still aren’t sticking there are other things you can do to remove that oil.
The next step I recommend is washing hands with soap and water making sure to get into the crevices around the cuticle. This will usually do the trick, but if that’s still not good enough or your nails still look shiny you can rub acetone nail polish remover over them. While I don’t usually like to recommend acetone remover (this non acetone remover is my favorite!) it is very good at drying things out which is what your nails need if they’re oily.
Another tip that I’ve seen other Stylists recommend is a base coat with Color Street. The strips seem to grip better when using one if they have oily nailbeds. Using a base coat in general is a good thing for your nails as well. I’ll mention this again later, but when using a strengthening base coat it can help prevent your nails from peeling and breaking due to weakness.
Why does Color Street make my nails peel?
I’m going to stop you right here. Color Street does not make your nails peel, not specifically anyway. While this Color Street problem is in fact a headache, regular nail polish can have this effect as well. It’s a matter of nail health rather than the type of nail polish you’re using.
Nails are dead and therefore do not need to “breathe,” but if they’re consistently covered with nail polish and not given any breaks, the nails will start to weaken. Weak nails are prone to peeling, splitting, and breaking. Make sure to go “naked” for a couple days here and there. There are also physical health conditions that can weaken nails as well. If you have consistent problems with this, make sure to see a doctor. It’s always better to treat the root of the problem than cover it with Band-Aids (or Color Street).
Using acetone nail polish remover is another sure fire way to get your nails to peel. Your nails need oil for health and strength. This may seem counterintuitive since we remove the oils prior to application, but using an incredibly stripping remover like acetone later only makes the Color Street problems worse. Slap on another layer of nail polish and your nails never have a chance to regain their nourishment (unless you’re moisturizing like you should be!)
For the love of God, DO NOT PEEL OFF YOUR COLOR STREET! I can’t tell you how many people come to me looking for troubleshooting help and when I ask them if they peeled off their strips they say yes! This is one of the Color Street problems that drive me nuts the most. When you peel off the strips, you’re taking layers of the nail with it damaging them. And like I said before, weak nails are prone to peeling, splitting, and breaking. Not to mention you just opened a spot where peeling can start.
Like I mentioned above when discussing difficulty sticking, using a strengthening base coat with Color Street can help it adhere better as well as keep your nails from peeling. A lot of Stylists and myself swear by this one to help Color Street problems. Just make sure it completely dries first or wait overnight before continuing with your nails.
Why is there wear at the end of my tips the next day?
Some people may not see this as one of the top Color Street problems, but some people hate it. Some people also consider this wear at the tips chipping when it is in fact NOT chipping. Color Street nail polish strips are 95% dry meaning that they are still 5% wet. When you apply them we suggest waiting 30 minutes to let them “cure” to the nail (check out these other amazing Color Street tips!). During this curing time, the strip fully dries and shrinks onto the nail.
This is completely normal! Do not fear it!
However, if you want to fix these Color Street problems because it drives you nuts seeing the ridge, there are a couple things you can do. The first one is to simply file away or clip off the excess nail that is exposed past the Color Street nail polish strip. This is what I typically do if I decide to do it at all. The other method is a little more involved. It requires you to wrap the strip completely over your nail and let it sit there while it cures. You don’t file away the excess until at the point where it has already dried and shrunk (which is about 30 minutes).
How do I make my Color Street last longer?
This question is like the holy grail of Color Street problems. Everyone wants to know how to make their manicures last longer and it’s not specific to just Color Street users either. Following all the tips above as well as some others here, you’ll get good longevity. However, there are always things you can do to even enhance that.
Always make sure your strips are at room temp before application to avoid Color Street problems. If they’re cold they will be brittle and will not want to stick to your nail. Make sure to always push your cuticles back and apply the Color Street strips to the nail ONLY! If you have any of the strip on the skin or cuticle the strip will eventually lift and chip off. If you’re using liquid top coat always remember to “cap the tip” which means to apply nail polish over the tip the nail to seal it all above and below.
Let me know what other Color Street problems you come across! I want to help you get the best out of this amazing nail polish.
StyleCaster.com “5 Ways Your Nail Polish Habit is Ruining Your Nails“
BYRDIE.com “How to Prevent Your Nail Polish From Cracking and Peeling“