(Closed) help! I have bitten nails :-(

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@smallstuff:  gel nails will def help them grow/you prob wont be able to bite them. i say try it; can’t hurt

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I used to bite my nails, and am in process of breaking that habit. The last few weeks I’ve actually had to file my nails b/c I didn’t bite them. I’ve found for me that keeping nail polish on my nails has really helped (as long as they aren’t chipped). Shellac or gel polish is less likely to chip and I also feel like it is a bit thicker on the nails. Even when I *tried* to bite my nails when I had shellac on it was difficult. I know that they make polish that is supposed to taste bitter and dissuade people from biting, but it did nothing for me. I also found keeping a hair tie around my wrist to be helpful – when I would go to bite, I’d snap it a few times.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@smallstuff:  Do you take a multi vitamin at all? a lot of people find that their nails (and hair) grow a lot more if they take Biotin or even Prenatal vitamins. Whether or not it really helps, I massage a bit of cuticle oil into my cuticles and nails each night and then a layer of lotion. I think your nails can grow a bit before your wedding. I wouldn’t plan on a 1/4 of an inch or anything, but you may be pleasantly surprised. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@smallstuff:  I never used to do anything at all for my nails! I take a multi vitamin and I think it’s made my nails a little bit stronger (they are normally fairly weak and peel). I know taht there are all sorts of special hand lotions, but honestly the one i use at night is just whatever is lying around (right now it’s one that came in a gift set w/ perfume). I hope it works for you!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a reformed nail biter. I’ve been biting them since I was in the fourth grade and even when I had acrylics, I couldn’t kick the habit and would constantly pick at them.

About a month before my wedding, I finally tried out Gellish (a brand of gel, similar to Shellac) and I haven’t bitten since! If your nails are super short like the way mine wore, I would go with a neutral gel color so it’s less obvious that they’re short. Otherwise, you can do a really beautiful French with gel. After my nails grew in, I got gel everytime because the growth is less obvious so I can stretch out my 2-week mani to about 1.5-2 months.

I like gel more than acrylics because when the acrylics would come loose and lift, my biting instinct kicked in and I would sit there and try to peel them all off. With gel, because my technician does a really nice job, they just grow out without any chips or lifts. This means I have nothing to pick at. Acrylics also left my nails very thin and brittle because of the filing, whereas my technician only buffs my nails lightly for the gel.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have been a nail biter all my life and so for a good 10 years I did acrylic and/or gel.  I got them put on with badly bit nails and they had no problem finding a way to make them work.  I have somehow broken the habit, but have really soft delicate nails now because of all the years of fake nails, but someone recommended the vitamin Biotin and my nails are growing like CRAZY!!! You can get it at CVS. I highly recommend it!

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