(Closed) Breaking the Nail Biting Habit

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I never had any bad habits until I read my high school yearbook senior year… and one person was asked, "What’s your worst habit?"  He said, "Cracking my knuckles"… and in that moment I thought, "I wonder what it feels like to crack your knuckles?"  I’ve been cracking away ever since!

I don’t know what the cure is for bad habits…  I hear there’s this thing called "willpower" but I don’t know where to find it!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

A few years ago I decided to grow out my nails as my new years resolution.  Weekly manicures is the only thing that helped.  

The way it helped is that after a few months my nails were so pretty, I didn’t wnt to wreck them!

Now I get mani’s every other week.  

I still pick or chew at my nails during very very stressful times or, super long drives (weird, huh?)

Post # 6
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Newbee

im not a nail biter but i bite/pick @ my cuticles a LOT, especially when im nervous or stressed. it helped me stop when my bf would ask me each time i got caught: "oooh, are they THAT good? i wanna taste!" ugh, someone else biting my nails sounds so sick!

also, i try to remember that keyboards are dirtier than public restrooms. since im on a computer most of the day, i imagine licking the floor of a bathroom and it makes me put down the finger.

manicures definitely help. i also apply lotion as a nervous tic now instead. i think keeping your hands moisturized keeps them looking nicer so you’re less inclined to bite. maybe you can start a "bite jar" to put change in every time you do it & use the money for the manis!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m a nail-biter (and a knuckle-cracker!), but I haven’t bitten my nails in over a year. Why? I have orthodontic braces right now and they make it impossible to bite my nails 😛

If you don’t want to go in such a drastic route (I certainly didn’t want to get the braces! but I needed them, so yeah), the only other thing that ever worked for me was to paint my nails. I never liked the taste of nail polish, so if I was wearing nail polish I wouldn’t bite my nails. That’s probably what I’ll start doing again after I get the braces taken off. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I thought I was the only one! I am sooo bad about biting my nails and cuticles. Like others said its even worse around high stress times (like oh…i dunno…two weeks before your wedding!). Paining them doesnt help i go right through the polish. I can’t really justify to myself getting weekly manicures. Having acrylic nails seems to be the only solution for me. I just make sure I get them put on about a month before any event (like my wedding) so my nails look perfect that day. You all have a lot of good ideas. I might try a few! =)

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am a little bit of a nail nibbler myself, but I am trying really hard to stop myself.  I know there used to be stuff called Bitrex sold in the drugstore, I think by like the fungal meds.  It is something you put on your nails and it tastes bitter.  You have to reapply it a couple of times a day, but it used to be really great.  Now that I think about it, I am going to look for it myself.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i was a serious nail picker/peeler for nearly 20 years before i finally stopped.  what really helped me was acrylic nails.  i had them done regularly for almost a year and by the time i stopped i was so used to not picking, i didn’t really have the compulsion anymore.  i still occasionaly pick, especially if i get a chip, but i’d say 95% of the time i have perfectly pretty nails that i don’t think twice about picking, and even my formerly itty bitty bitten down nail beds have started growing in again.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

What helps me is a strengthener polish called Nailtiques, found at most drugstores.  I don’t know why it works for me, but it does.  It makes my nails stronger and smoother and less liable to peeling, so they’re less tempting to bite.  I also keep them filed smoothly when I’m doing the Nailtiques regimen, so no rough edges.

I need to start up again, and the wedding is coming up in a few months and I don’t want mangled paws in all those close up shots of our hands and rings and flowers!  🙂

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I bit my nails for years.  I stopped about 2-3 years ago.  I used a disgusting nail polish that was really hot if you put it in your mouth (or if you rubbed your eye!) and also fortified your nails.  I used the polish long enough to grow my nails out for a manicure.  Then I got bi-weekly French manicures for about 3-4 months.  Once I felt I was at a point where I could cut and file my own nails without biting I stopped with the manicures and have been good ever since.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I bit mine for many years, and a combination of two things helped me to quit… 

— Boy gave me a very dirty look whenever he saw me do it (which didn’t help at work, but anyways.. I felt guilty!)

— Whenever I want to bite, I just do something else with my hands. Like, put on lotion. Or twist my hair. Or play with a pen.  When I’m driving, I’ll tap on the steering wheel to the music (lame, maybe, but it helps!)

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was a chronic nail biter and picker – actually it never starts as biting, it’s more the nibbling, and then like you said, something cracks, and then i have to pick it to even it out… trouble!!  last year when i was expecting FI to propose i successfully stopped biting in anticipation of the ring.  we had a few weeks of terrible fighting before he proposed… and i bit my nails all to hell then, haha.  anyway the wedding is now in 8 weeks, and i have 8 out of 10 awesome nails, and the other 2 will catch up.  sounds silly but when i have at least a few that are long and well-shaped, it helps me not bite the rest.  also, manicures REALLY help me, especially with bold colored polish.  keeping the nails strong and healthy is a big deterrent.  and never go ANYWHERE without a nail file.  if you get a chip, file immediately so you don’t nibble to even it out.  but also, and this is so sick and weird, if i paint my nails myself, and then peel the polish off, i get the same satisfaction as picking or biting. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have been a nail/cuticle biter for over 20 years now. I can’t remember a time when I DIDN’T bite my nails. I’ve tried just about everything… the nasty-tasting polish, manicures, even getting acrylics. Acrylics seem to help, but I still pick at the cuticles around them! I don’t know what to do… 🙁

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