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For several months now, my gel nail tips start turning grey or dark brown.  It's definitely in the top coat only.  And it happens gradually, a little bit more every day until by the end of two weeks it covers almost the entire nail.  I don't know if it's lotion or some chemical like hair spray and I can't figure it out.  I read it might be dye in my clothes, but I find that hard to believe.  It's a good salon and my nail tech says she has never seen it before.  Do you have any idea what is causing this?  It's making me crazy!

Hi Michelle
I totally agree with the thought that it is dye from clothing! Black slacks and dark jeans tend to be the culprit. But if you did acrylics instead and they used a UV gel topcoat (OPI Axxium is my fave), then it may solve the issue. Or, ask them to experiment with some different top coats.

I hope I've answered your question, but if I didn't, write me back : )


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Brooke Gilliam


Anything about manicures, pedicures, acrylics, gel nails,education or becoming an educator. I own a salon, so I can help with that also.


I am the director of education for a manufacturer, I own a salon and I have been a licensed nail technician since 1987.

American Pedicure Association

Nails Magazine and Nailpro Magazine.

Attended Ogle School of Hair Design in 1987.

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