Post # 1
Yes, it’s a horrible, horrible habit that I have been trying to kick for years. I was successful for a little while last year, surprisingly, while I was finishing up my dissertation. But once I had a relapse, I just couldn’t fight it anymore and currently my nails are terrible. The stress of moving across the country and wedding planning doesn’t help! I have less than 3 months to our wedding, so as much as I am going to try to lay off of them until then, I’m not counting on any miracles!
I’ve never worn fake nails, but I am considering doing something for the wedding, since there are always pictures of hands (ring shots, bouquet shots, etc.). Any one have any advice or recommendations for natural looking, easy to use products or procedures? I might just ask a manicurist (who I usually avoid because of the shame) but I’d love recs for some at-home solutions if you have any. TIA!
Post # 3
I think getting a manicure does help. I take much better care of my nails when they look better to start out with. You don’t have to drop a bunch of cash either; my girlfriends and I always used to go to the beauty school (mani and pedi for $15) mostly because we could all have our nails done at the same time and in the same room, which a lot of salons can’t accomodate. And then its just willpower… maybe buy a really big pack of gum.
Post # 4
The only time I don’t bite my nails is when I have fake ones. Try them out, they make your hands look so pretty. If you don’t like them, they can take them off. Watch out, though, it’s an expensive addiction, them fake nails.
Post # 5
i agree with niki. the brand i recommend is the revlon ones that come in short length so it’s less likely to pop off, etc.
Post # 6
I actually get mine put on professionally. I am kind of rough with my hands and need the extra sticking power.
Post # 7
I second Niki on the fake nails. I used to have the same problem, but when I would get a full set for $30, I wouldn’t want to destroy them by biting. After I while, once I couldn’t afford to get them done anymore because of school, I realized I wasn’t biting anymore.
Post # 8
Yup, I’m on the same page with everyone else. Getting acrylics helped me kick the habit. You can still nibble on acrylics, but 1) it tastes terrible 2) it’s a waste of money 3) not as easily ruined.
I will usually keep the routine going for a couple months (typically having to get them filled about every 3 weeks). After you have them on for awhile it’s easier to kick the habit.
The only thing is when you do decide to take them off your nails will be very thin and brittle (at least mine are) and it’s easy to get back into the habit. My suggestion here would be let your natural nails grow out underneath the acrylic (or whatever method you chose) and get the fakes soaked off – don’t try to chip them off – and immediately start using hardener polishes.
Then from that point forward you take a step down to just manicures to maintain your nice nails as opposed to fake ones which are typically about $5-$10 more.
Post # 9
Thanks for the post… I have the same habit I’m trying to kick before the wedding. I’m hoping to go cold turkey
Post # 10
I went cold turkey last year and it can be done! Basically, I got the nail strengthening clear nail polish that makes your nails look shiny and great and also it peels off after a few coats which gave me something to pick at rather than my nails themselves, hehe. Also, anyone around me would call me on it and while it got annoying, it was the kick in the butt to realize how often i was nibbling on my nails. Now they are looking pretty good and although i relapse every now and then when I have a little catch on a nail, i keep a nail file close at hand at all times to make sure that i can even my nails out quickly before I start biting them.
Once they get longer and look great, it’s easier to keep yourself from biting them since you don’t want them to go back to the way they were!
I got a manicure once my nails were getting longer and it was just the reward I needed to keep myself going. 🙂
best of luck!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone. I have tried cold turkey, and I definitely get the sense of reward when they start growing out… but then the weaker ones always split or crack (darn middle fingers!) and once one of them goes it feels all too easy to give in.
I think I will try acrylics or something like that. Maybe I’ll start with the revlon ones and, if need be, move up to paying someone to put them on 🙂
Post # 12
I’m a lifelong nailbiter but realized that once I got engaged I couldn’t show off the ring with ratty nails! I haven’t tried acrylics, but what worked for me was getting a manicure regularly. This way, I’m not tempted to bite them because there’s polish on them and I want them to look nice. Also, I’m more tempted to pick at the polish than at the nails! It can get expensive, but maybe you can find a beauty school, etc. to get them done. My nails have gotten longer and stronger from leaving them alone! Alternatively, you can learn how to do your nails yourself, or have a friend do them!
Post # 13
Also, If you are going to try acrylic nails start now. This way you can get used to them and they look more natural.
Post # 14
I had the same problem when I was younger. My mom picked up a bitter tasting polish. I used that to keep me from biting them and once they were long enough, I rewarded myself with manicures. I couldn’t find the exact prdouct she found but Orly does carry something like it called No Bite. It might be worth a try if you don’t want to commit to acrylics.
*it is my first time linking… i hope i got it right.
Post # 15
As opposed to acrylic, I would get gel or lacquer nails. Gel nails may cost a little more however they don’t have that thick acrylic look and are much thinner and lighter.
Lacquer nails last a very LONG time. Get a colored white tip (not polished on or airbrushed, ask for a WHITE tip) as your own nail grows out, you can clip the end of the lacquer nail down yourself at home and your entire nail won’t split and crack in the process. (like acrylic and gel nails do) And, if you want to forgo the rebases you can take a file yourself and lightly smooth out the growth ridge. Which is why the white tip is helpful. You can’t file off the color and then just repolish with a clear coat.
I usually have beautiful long nails of my own, but with all my DIYing lately I’ve been breaking them like crazy. I want my OWN nails for my pictures. So I went and had the salon put a thin laquer coat on my own nails. As they grow out I just keep clipping off. This gives me the added strength they need right now as I’m making things, and when the wedding comes around, I’ll be back to having my own again.
IMPORTANT!!!! If you’re going to try and grow them out by putting acrylic or whatever on them and then have them taken off… when you have your rebases done.. DO NOT LET THEM FILE/GRIND/"CLEAN UP" your own nail underneath!!
When they do this with one of those little metal files on a drill, that’s what makes your nails thin and brittle. They are actually removing your own nail from the overlay. (which is why I won’t go for a rebase and just file the top on my own and clip myself and clean EVERY HANDWASHING with a nail brush)
Hope this helps.
Post # 16
ugh! i have been a nail-biter since birth, and i am really self-conscious when i show off my ring. luckily i was wearing fakes the night my fiancee proposed, so my hands looked extra pretty! if you don’t want to shell out $30 for an acrylic full set, look into a "french manicure" set. broadway nails has a terrific "real life" french mani set, which you can check out at http://broadwaynails.com/ I recommend the real short length, especially if you’re not used to having long fingernails. The tabs on the tips of the nail make application a piece of cake. And you can’t go wrong with the price; like $6 at your local drug store. You can get really good at putting on fakes, and practice makes perfect. By now, I have people asking me where I get my nails done and I tell them I do it myself! let me know if you want to know how I do it! 🙂