Post # 1
I’m a big nail / hangnail picker, but I’ve decided I want to have decent looking nails for our engagement photos, (and wedding, but that’s still quite far away)which are being taken on September 22.
My picking is a bit of a nervous/bored habit, and I’ve been working for the last couple of days on being more conscious of what I’m doing with my hands. I also bought some Salley Hansen diamond nail hardener, because whenever I do get my nails a bit grown out, they always seem to break.
Anyone have any other tips? I thought about getting some nail polish that encourages nail growth, but for some reason the idea kind of freaks me out.
Here’s my hand/nails for reference on how far back they usually get picked…my thumbs are typically the offenders, and thus they actually have a bit of nail still.
Post # 3
@DomesticDiva: There is a nail polish (the name of which escapes me) that really does grow and strengthen your nails. Also, the prenatal vitamins I take not only make my nails grow but my hair too!
Post # 4
I’ve always had nail issues, I recently started using Essie Millionails – my nails are much, much stronger and healthier than ever before. Since they’ve been growing so nicely, I’ve been taking better care and not picking as much.
Post # 5
@DomesticDiva: Lovely ring!
I’m a fellow nail destoyer, though I pick at my cuticles more than my nails themselves. I love this stuff: Hard as Hoof – it’s less than $5, and can be ordered online from Walmart. It strengthens my nails, and moisturizes my cuticles 🙂
Post # 6
take biotin! it grows your hair and nails like crazy!
Post # 7
Reformed nail biter/picker of 3 years here.
I use Nailtiques 2 strengthening polish, and it really helps gain length. The other thing that helps me still is keeping nail polish on AT ALL TIMES. If you chip/pick one nail, it needs to get painted again ASAP or you’ll probably go to town on all of them.
Get a little tin of cuticle oil (I use Badger Care, a lot of people like the Burt’s Bees one) and every time you start messing with your nails, do your cuticles instead. It helps with the urge and makes your hands look beter in the process.
Keep a 4-sided nail file/buffer with you, and when you get a rough edge on a nail, use that instead of nibbling/picking at it and making it worse.
It’s not really about getting rid of the urge to mess with your nails, it’s just changing the action to a productive one. Trying to not mess with them at all will just drive you nuts!
Post # 8
@MrsPanda99: I should probably start taking prenatals. You never know when an oops might happen, plus…nice nails and hair would be an awesome side effect. I have thyroid disease and my hair is so dry, shitty, and grows sooooo slowly. All of the expensive salon shampoo and coniditioner in the world hasn’t helped, but prenatals might…
@AmyFarrahFowler: Will definitely look into it! Thanks for the rec!
@ANGELaaimt: Why, thank ya. 🙂 That stuff looks really interesting, since I’m like you and also pick at my cuticles/finger skin a LOT (you can see some destruction on my ring finger in the photo). It’s really gross that I do it, so that’s another reason to try stopping. I think what you use may help things from getting to the point of me wanting to pick at them. Or, you know, if I ever bothered to use hand cream.
Post # 9
I bit my nails from 11 to 20. I kept polish on them for a few weeks to curtail the biting. I just eventually forced myself to stop. I never used any special products.
I will say that a flexible nail is less prone to breakage than hard, brittle nails. I moisturize my hands often and always pay attention to my nails when I do it. I avoid filing. I use nail clippers for shaping. Filing encourages them to peel. Now I can grow them crazy long and get lots of compliments. I can see how I have damaged my nail beds. Some of them grow weird, but no one but me can tell.
Post # 10
I found that all of the Sally Hansen nail hardening stuff I bought didn’t work well for me at all. My nails still broke, peeled, chipped, etc even if I followed the directions to a T. I started using Nailtiques a month before the wedding (level 2) and it is fabulous! It was between $8-$12 for a tiny bottle but even applying daily I’ve still got a little left after 2 months now. You can also use it as a top coat over polish. I LOVE it!
You put it on clean nails after pushing your cuticles back, then reapply once a day for a week. On the last day of the week you remove and start over again.
Post # 11
@tsc: Good idea on the nail polish, and I have a couple of tins of the Burt’s Bees cuticle cream at home! I also definitely need to start bringing a nail file or one of those buffer rectangles with me. I have a couple of rough bits from when I started picking and stopped myself, and they’re kind of driving me nuts…
@1stRosie: Thanks for the suggestion! I’m not so into taking any pills that aren’t prescribed medications or vitamins, though.
Post # 12
@DomesticDiva: I have issues with my thyroid too. I was so skeptical about prenatals, but they really do work!
Post # 13
@MsW-to-MrsM: I feel like my nails are so weak that when they get longer and I try to use them in any way, that’s when the breakage happens. Wish I knew how to make them strong, but flexible!
I almost wish I was a nail biter instead; then, I could at least try putting some nasty tasting stuff on them… I’m guessing that might not work that well, either, though.
@BeckyS0: Well, that’s two votes for Nailtiques 2…might have to check it out!
Post # 14
I’m cheating — Shellac-ing until the wedding. They actually have to cut my nails down. After that, I don’t know what I’ll do.
Post # 15
i swear by rejuvacoat by duri. i have terrible nails, they’re really damaged and don’t grow well. it’s one of the best things i’ve found.
i’ve seen it at walmart, but i also know it’s sold on amazon (:
Post # 16
@MrsPanda99: Very good to know!