What Does White Nail Polish Mean?

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So, you’ve gone to the nail salon to have a new manicure and chose a shimmering white nail polish to dazzle the tips of your fingers. And then someone told you about the TikTok trend that gives a meaning to everything, including nail polish colors.

Wait what?

What does a nail polish color have to do with anything except for the fact that you like it? What does white nail polish mean? For some, white nail polish has become a signal that you’re… on the prowl, so to speak.

In this article, we’ll attempt to explain where this viral trend on social media came from, and whether you should worry about it.


What Does White Nail Polish Mean?

White Nail Polish

TikTok keeps rising in popularity, but not everything you see on it is based in any sort of reality.

Although the world of viral trends looks like it’s not going away, it seems like every day there’s a new trend that everyone wants to jump on.

But are they actually based on any sort of fact?

Well, actually no.

Just because somebody gains attention for something they’re saying, many influencers are paid to promote products, as well as nonsense, that gain momentum within days.

Just like the white nail polish meaning. Most people would probably think that wearing white nail polish during the summer to show off your fingernails and toenails just means you’re feeling cute.

And they’d be right!

However, there is now a new meaning to wearing white nail polish — and that is you’re single and ready to mingle.

There is now a new meaning to wearing white nail polish — and that is you’re single and ready to mingle.

Status Quo

For TikTok influencers and other users, wearing white nail polish now signals that you’re single and available or looking for a relationship.

Where this supposed relationship status originated is up for dispute, but according to the Urban Dictionary, “If a girl has white nail polish on, it means that she is single and is available.”

Of course, just because something has gone viral, that doesn’t mean that it’s true whatsoever! So if you’re in a serious relationship and want to wear white nail polish, then by all means go ahead and do so.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of your fashion choices — especially just because someone says so on TikTok. TikTok is not the real world.

Of course, just because something has gone viral, that doesn’t mean that it’s true whatsoever, so if you’re in a serious relationship and want to wear white nail polish, then by all means go ahead and do so.

This is the same thing that happened during another nail polish viral trend a while ago. There was a baby blue nails viral challenge, which from the comments indicated that girls were in a relationship.

Apparently, this trend developed because when girls asked their boyfriends what nail color they should wear, they answered baby blue or light blue. Back in 2020, @_urdadsgirlfriend posted a video, which has since been removed, asking why “every time you ask a boy what color you should get your nails, they say, ‘light blue’.”

Why anyone would ask their boyfriend which nail polish color they should wear, and not choose the color they want to wear themselves seems crazy! What about girl power, misogyny, and patriarchy, and all that stuff?!

And if you take a look at the comments on these viral videos, you’ll find many TikTok users that are absolutely baffled as to what wearing white nail polish actually means.

So, as you can see, the entire scenario is pretty ridiculous and should definitely be taken with a pinch of salt.

And that means you shouldn’t let anything anyone says on TikTok cause you to do things that you don’t want to do or even understand.

Rock White Nails

If you like the look of white nail polish, then here are some suggestions you might like to rock white on your nails without worrying about whether someone thinks you’re single or not.

1. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Get Mod 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, Shade Get Mod #789, 0.5 Fl Oz
  • Achieve the best salon look from the...
  • UV/LED light system
  • Up to 8 days of color and shine
  • A gorgeous manicure that lasts longer...
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This Sally Hanson gel is a two-step gel hybrid nail polish that will treat your nails to a salon-style manicure without the need to use a UV or LED light.

This bright white nail polish is easy to both apply and remove, while your manicure (or pedicure) will last up to eight days without chipping or lifting.

2. Karma Organic Nail Polish in French White 

Karma Organic Natural Nail Polish-Non-Toxic Nail Art, Vegan and Cruelty-Free Nail Paint (French White)
  • ►NATURAL NAIL POLISH: Karma Organic...
  • ►QUICK DRY NAIL PAINT: Karma Organic...
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  • ►MATERIAL FREE OF: Karma Organic...
  • ►100% SAFE NAIL POLISH: Karma Organic...

This Karma Organic nail polish is a quick-drying nail lacquer that is also vegan and free from harmful chemicals like parabens, formaldehydes, DBP, TPHP, toluene and camphor.

Its toxic-free formula is long-lasting, and is safe to use for pregnant women, children, and those with allergies to common nail polish products and accessories. Plus, this nail polish is quick drying and provides a chip-resistant, non-yellowing, and durable finish.

3. Wet n Wild Fast Dry AF Nail Polish in Lovey Dove-y 

wet n wild Fast Dry AF Nail Polish Color, White Lovey Dove-y | Quick Drying - 40 Seconds | Long Lasting - 5 Days, Shine
  • Fast Fashion: In just a single coat,...
  • Rich Color: Available in a rainbow of...
  • Brilliant Shine: These polishes leave a...
  • Long-Lasting: Not only does this nail...
  • Cruelty-Free: wet n wild products are...

Another option is this awesome quick-dry polish. This nail polish delivers a smooth and full coverage in just one coat, while it doesn’t contain chemical nasties found in other formulas, like toluene, formaldehyde, and camphor.

The great thing about this nail polish is that it dries at lightning speeds, within 30 seconds, making it one of the fastest drying formulations on the market. Perfect for those who hate to wait for polish to dry!

And its rich color and brilliant shine will last for up to five days without any chipping to give you fingernails that pop. They’ll look amazing if you’re rocking a silver dress!


If you like white nail polish, then there’s nothing to stop you from doing so — whether you’re single and ready to mingle or are in a committed relationship.

White nails are a classic color that goes with just about anything, especially during the warmer months.

So, what does white nail polish mean? Simply, that it’s a pretty shade of nail color that doesn’t make any statement except for the fact that you like it.

Which is exactly what it should be.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).