Post # 1
Any bees struggling to quit nail biting here? I am turning 19 this month, and still on the way of kicking the habit. Because of nail biting my whole life my fingers look so tiny (i call them baby nails) and I really hate it. Now that my bf is bound to propose in 2 months, i’m trying my best to grow my nails ( i do understand that a new ring means lots of pictures and people checking out my hands which will actually make them notice my nails. eek!) I make it to a point to paint my nails all the time to prevent me from biting them. So far it’s been good. Any stories of bees who used to/still have the same problem?
Post # 3
Yes! Me! I really need to do something since my wedding is coming up! I also pick at my cuiticles which is horrible. I couple years ago some one told me to get acrylic nails to help break the habit. It totally worked. While you have them you literally can’t bite them. Even after I took them off I didnt bite or pick at my nails for months. Since then I have relapsEd (haha) but plan on getting them soon to prep my nails and cuticles for the wedding day!
Post # 4
I’m 32 and still bite my nails! I don’t even realize I’m doing it most of the time, though. The only thing that stops me is having them painted, but I can’t have anything on them for my job, so I just bite bite bite. It’s definitely worse when I’m stressed…I guess it’s a comforting thing?
I took 8 days off of work recently, so I kept them painted the whole time and was amazed at how much they grew…but I bit them off within 2 days of going back to work! That’s actually one of the reasons I want to quit my job! Haha…you know, on top of just hating the job!
Post # 5
This is something that I have struggled with for 27 years. I am proud to say that apart from the odd nail every now and then, I’ve not bitten for a fees months. What has worked for me:
- Painting my nails – much less likely to bite them if they look nice.
- When I am changing my nail colour I like to look at how much my nails have grown, they look so much better and makes your fingers look slimmer I find.
- I try and trim them reguarly – if they remain short I am less likely to bite them.
- I keep a pair of nail clippers in my bag for those emergency moments out and about when I think a nail needs to be trimmed off to prevent me from biting it.
Maybe you could reward yourself somehow for every day, week and month you manage not to – start off with daily rewards then the longer you go you can increase it.
I stopped for the wedding….I am hoping I can keep it up after.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@KatyYoung: It took me years to kick it, and even now I still chew a bit. I’m worst if I’ve got a tear in the nail, or a rough edge – I try and keep a nail file with me wherever I am now and that’s really helped!
Post # 7
@hollyberry4: I pick at my cuticles until they bleed. That’s what i do now since my nails are painted. It’s sooo hard to leave my nails alone!
@chronicwhimsy: I friend of mine suggested to bring a nail file all the time too. That’s what i do now. It has helped a lot.
Post # 8
@KatyYoung: I’ve had this problem since I was a child. The longest I’ve gone is maybe two years without biting? I think just being conscious rod what I was doing really helped me. Getting manicures also helped a lot cause they made my nails so pretty that I didn’t wanna ruin em lol.
Post # 9
Me too! I am in my mid twenties and still bite my nails.
Post # 10
I used to bite and pick at my nails till they would bleed all over the place. I started getting weekly manicures and kept a nail buffer/file with me at all times. Painting them at home made it worse because the polish chipped faster, making me pick at them more. Salon manicures usually last about a week for me, so the timing was perfect. Plus the nail polish tates gross.
Post # 11
I’m still working at overcoming nail biting. Not just one thing worked for me, and I found that any of the stuff that tastes nasty you paint your nails with did absolutely NOTHING for me. I still bit them. I seem to be a person who bites b/c of anxiety so it always gets worse if I’m stressed. What has worked for me is:
- Keeping a hair band on my wrist and when I go to bite or want to, snap it a few times
- Paint my nails. I now have way more polishes than my husband likes, but oh well. I don’t want to mess up my polish and I want my nails to look nice. When I do pay for a manicure, I used to feel so embaressed when my nails were bit down to nothing and the skin all around my nails was screwed up. So I invested in some decent files, polishes, cuticle oil, and hand cream. I keep a polish remover pad and file in my purse. Part of my routine at night before I go to sleep is to apply hand cream
- Telling a few people I wanted to stop biting so they helped keep me accountable. My husband would usually stop me if i started to bite around him – or he’d at least remind me
- Sometimes literally sit on my hands!
Post # 12
@MsLobizon: i just literally started applying hand cream tonight. Thanks for the tip! The skin around my nails are so screwed up because i pick on them to prevent me from biting.
Post # 13
Not a nail biter but a cuticle picker 🙁 I have found applying cuticle oil constantly will help (and will probably prevent nail biting as well if the oil makes it onto the nails). The oil will soften the cuticle which makes me less likely to pick at the rough skin.
Post # 14
I used to bite my nails like crazy, but I started getting Shellac manicures and I don’t do it anymore! It’s a super thick coating, which makes it pretty impossible to bite. Or you could try OPI Nail Envy… it also keeps my nails thick and makes it hard to bite.