Post # 1
My boyfriend and I have started looking at rings. We even went to the store so I could try some different styles on. However, he said, “I’m not putting a ring on a finger that looks like that!” I have to admit, my nails do look awful so I guess I don’t blame him.
Has anyone else had to stop biting their nails so they could get the proposal?? Any helpful tips from anyone who has stopped would be very much appreciated!
EDIT: It’s more of a kidding around thing, he’s not controlling in any way at all, and if anything, it’s to help me reach my own goal of growing out my nails with a very good incentive 🙂
Post # 3
Nail polish. Any kind. With the nail polish it is a colorful reminder to leave them alone.
Post # 4
I didn’t stop for a ring, but I did bite my nails for over 20 years and quit. Mine was all stress related. I started to wear acrylic nails in the beginning to stop. Then eventually I stopped reaching for my nails when I was bored or stressed. I am sorry if this doesn’t help, but that is what worked for me.
Post # 5
@Mrslawyer2bee: I really hope your boyfriend was just kidding around. Thats kind of harsh to say plus a little too controlling to me.
Post # 6
@Talishazwi: Yeah you would think that. But a habitual nail biter will not even look at their nails before popping them in their mouth. 🙁
Post # 7
It may seem controlllng but I can see why he wants you to quit-it’s a totally disgusting habit. I know because I bit my nails bloody for 30 years before I could quit completely. Today my nails are absolutely gorgeous.
I did it by mental willpower and also by making sure to take care of them every day. I brushed on a Sally Hansen nail strengthener each night and then rubbed cuticle oil on them so they wouldn’t look so raggedy. Each day they looked better and got longer. Progress I could actually see. Then after that, I just made sure to have them manicured once a week.
You can do it though-for him or not:)
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I used to bite my nails. I honestly don’t remember how I stopped, but I’m pretty sure I did it by replacing nail biting with another vice. 😉
Post # 8
Just think about how bad it is on your teeth and how many germs you’re ingesting…
Although that might not help. Better yet, try nail polish.
Post # 9
I was a stress biter for a while. I got invisalign a little over a year ago and during the treatment I managed to kick the habit. But it was mostly because the trays obviously were dull so I wasn’t able to chew off my nails. Before I quit biting my nails I quit biting my cuticles. Every time I started I would make a conscious effort to recognize what I was doing it and force myself to take my hands away from my face. It forced me to eventually be aware and taking those breaks for longer and longer periods of time till I eventually stopped.
It’s a good habit to break. 🙂
Post # 10
I bite my nails, and I’ll quit when I’m damn ready. Nail polish helps, but I don’t really like the conditional witholding of the ring. What’s next? “I’m not taking you on vacation with those roots in your hair.” “I’m not taking you to the beach if you keep eating those fattening brownies.”
Post # 11
I’m a habitual nail biter myself. The only thing that keeps me from biting is nail polish. Get a manicure first to clean up your cuticles, and then buy a nice neutral polish you can put on at home. I do have to second FutureMrsMeinhardt, though. My Darling Husband doesn’t like me biting my nails, and always calls me out when he sees me doing it, but he would never have withheld a proposal until I stopped.
Post # 12
I keep nail clippers in my purse and keep my nails short and neat. If they get long or chip or anything it drives me nuts and I can’t stop picking and biting at them.
But seriously, he was kidding, right?
Post # 13
@Talishazwi: I’ve tried painting them every day to no avail. Truly an awful habit!
@Storm0075: Maybe I’ll try acrylics, I’ve never had them on before. You’re right about a habitual nail biter not even looking though, sometimes I don’t even notice that I’m biting!
@FutureMrsMeinhardt: It’s definitely not something he’s really serious about/being controlling over but he knows I’ve been wanting to stop for a long time so I think this is his way of giving me an incentive!
It’s not like if I can’t stop, he’ll never propose. I just want to have pretty fingers for when he actually does and he knows it so he’s holding that over me! So hard…
Post # 14
I bit my nails for about 16 years. I always wanted pretty nails, and I hate the way they look when I bite them, but I know how it feels to just want to bite your nails! I used the incredibly bad tasting nailpolish stuff. It tastes HORRIBLE and it gets on everything your nails touch, so it also helped to keep my hands away from my whole face and mouth in general.
When I get stressed or bored I tend to pick/bite at my nails. I only have 4 “normal” nails at the moment… but I put on the bad tasting stuff last night so hopefully that will stop me again!
Also once my nails get long I tend to paint them opaque dark colors, or BRIGHT opaque colors. Opaque so I can’t see the little splits or places I want to bite, and bright or dark (no muted pinks or beiges) because then if I do bite my nails I know I’ll get nailpolish in my teeth, and who wants a big chunk of fire enginge red or deep purple nailpolish in between their teeth 🙂
I also carry around a nail clipper with me anywhere I go, because it makes me want to bite my nails when I see little splits or tears, and so if I clip it right away and make it a clean edge I tend not to bite it.
Post # 15
Have you tried to no-bite stuff. FI’s nails look awesome, they almost reach the ends of his fingers as opposed to nubs!! He puts the stuff on when he’s feeling tempted and I make sure to leave nail files all over the apt. If they start to bug him, he just files they to a more comfortable length.
He tried some other no-bite polishes that he did not find as effective. I’m not sure of the brand, but it’s got the circle with slash thru it on the bottle.