(Closed) Nail-Biting Brides?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
Hostess
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am literally the worst.  I have a nail biting addiction, I can NOT stop.  One time when I was younger my mother offered me $1,000 if I could grow my nails so that she could see the top of my nails when my palm was facing her.  I could not do it. For a thousand bucks. What’s wrong with me?   Anywho….I keep acrylic nails on at all times.  They destroy your nails but they aren’t pretty anyway.  I keep them very short so they look natural looking.  No one thinks they are fake. I get them done every 2-3 weeks and it costs $17 bucks a pop + tip

Post # 4
Member
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

My mom didn’t use bitter tasting nail polish on me. She made her own with flaming hot pepper. Every time my hand went to my mouth, my eyes watered and my tongue screamed with flames.

Got me to stop 😀 

Post # 5
Member
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO NYblinggirl:  Another nail biter here (and it is seriously bad… I’ve done this for over 50 years since I was 3).  And YES I have tried every remedy known to mankind to no avail.

Question… How short were your nails when you got the acrylics put on ?  I’m thinking that I want to do this before the Wedding.

(Although I have to admit that I am terrified of jamming a finger, and popping a fake nail off along with what remains of my REAL nail bed… Talking MAJOR FEAR FACTOR here)

 

Post # 7
Hostess
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@This Time Round:  VERY short, like freaky half nail woman who will start to bleed if they are any shorter.  They can stick the nail on anything as long as there is some nail there.  THe more there is to stick to the more likely it is to stay on (although I wouldn’t worry about that it takes a lot for them to get loose).  If you are going french tip, I would not recommend getting the white tips because with such short nails it will look very weird with that much of a white tip.  Just have them paint the white tip on.  I would suggest getting your first set the month or so before to get used to them and then get them filled before your wedding.  The first set will be more and the fill will be about 1/2 the price.

Post # 8
Member
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@FutureMrsWeston:  I get shellac manicures and they are WONDERFUL.

It uses the UV lamp to cure the polish, so I’m assuming that’s the same thing as your ‘UV gel’ manicure.

It’s super gentle on your nails- doesn’t chew them up at all like acrylics will. When you’re ready to have it removed, you go to the salon and they’ll take it off for free, and your nails are just fine.

It goes on just like regular nail polish, so it’s not a fake nail, but it hardens and cures under the UV lamp, and makes your nails pretty much UNBREAKABLE.

I’ve never once had a manicure chip; I end up going back to get the redone because my nail has grown out so much at the base before I’ve ever had one chipped.

The best part? Your nails are bone dry the moment the manicure is over. I got one last week and came home and did the dishes right after.

Post # 9
Member
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO FutureMrsWeston:  I had a shellac gel (CND) pedicure done on a cruise I was on last year (lol, I have amazing toe nails). 

Won’t do that again.

The gel isn’t like regular nail polish whatsoever… it is EXTREMELY drying.  And when they take it off, they have to use harsh acetone, as well as a sort of nail “drummel” tool, and a file.  The gel totally destroyed my nail beds… left my beautiful toe nails all weak, cracking, peeling etc.  On one toe, I literally lost half the nail bed OUCH !!  It has taken me about 9 months for my nails to recover.

From what I’ve heard, my experience isn’t uncommon.

People are attracted to gels because they are tough and long lasting (don’t chip easy).  Lol, what is that old saying… “New isn’t necessarily better” (or not ideal for EVERYONE)

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 10
Hostess
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@FutureMrsWeston:  UV gel manicures (also called no-chip) are nice, they are much more expensive than regular manicures.  They will make your nails a bit harder but I would DEFINITELY be able to bit through those suckers.  They are not as hard as acylic or gel tips.  The UV gel manicure will not chip or rub off, you can not take it off with nail polish remover and are supposed to last until your nails grow out.   If you like the way your nails look now that they are somewhat grown out, you can go with that.  If you want a better shape or are scared you are going to pick or eat them when you are anxious or nervous, I would do the tips to be safe

Post # 11
Member
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh yes. I used to be BAD. My mom used to put bitter nail polish, jalepeno juice, etc the WORKS. Sadly I’ve just recently been able to grow them out and I’m finally able to not bite at all.

I used to get acrylics but got tired of spending the money and they destroyed my nails. I have heard gel manicures are good.

Also you can try a gel nail polish and DIY. I’ve invested in about $50-60 dollars worth of polish and that keeps me motivated to stop biting so I can change colors. 🙂

Post # 12
Member
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@bbsoon2be:  Getting a gel nail polish won’t really be the same as a real gel manicure unless you can shell out a few hundred bucks for the UV lamp, too.

Post # 13
Member
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rachelmichelle:  I know, but atleast it’s stronger than regular nail polish. Just giving her options in case she didn’t want to shell out the money and maintain every few weeks.

Post # 14
Member
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m a biter too. The only thing that has worked is to paint them, even if short. The taste of nail polish is pretty bad. Then I try to grow them out a few at a time, like stop biting your thumb, then forefingers, etc. I can keep it up for a few weeks but eventually something stressful happens.

I do notice that when they grow out, they will be super sharp. So watch out!

Post # 15
Member
2336 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

@bbsoon2be:  The manicures ARE really expensive, yeah…

As crazy as it sounds, I’ve been seriously considering pinching my pennies and trying to buy my own lamp. LOL

But I mean, if you think about it… if you get a lamp, the Gelish brand polishes are only like $14, which is really not that much worse than a regular bottle of nice polish. I almost feel like in the long run the lamp would pay off.

Post # 16
Member
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i buy the broadway brand nails at walmart and put them on for a couple weeks to grow mine out, then keep them manicured to keep me from biting them. they even have these sticker type things you can put under the fake nail to keep the fake nail from ruining your real nail. id keep them on til a couple days before the wedding then go get your manicure 🙂

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