Post # 1
I haven’t bitten my nails in a couple of days then earlier today I was watching tv and I just Bit everyone of my nails. 🙁 I’ve been trying to stop all my adult life, and the most I’ve ever gone without biting them is three weeks.
I can’t use the stuff you put on them to make them smell as it puts me off my food as well like sandwiches etc so if there are any techniques and tips I’d like to hear them. By the way I’m currently jobless but in my normal line of work I can’t wear nail polish as I normally work with food. Thanks.
Post # 3
@Irish-bride: I bit my nails as a kid and my mother tried everything to stop me, nothing worked. What did work for me was manicures. Once my nails started to look really pretty I didn’t want to mess them up any more. Or waste the money that I’d paid for the manicure, lol.
Edit: Just saw you can’t wear nail polish, don’t know how I missed that. Rats! Can you have acrylic nails at work?
Post # 4
Nail polish worked for me too. Since you’re out of work right now, I would start painting them and try to break your habit now, so when you can’t paint them, you won’t bit them either.
Post # 5
@Irish-bride: I’d say wear nail polish or get fake gel/acrylic nails. You won’t want to bite those!
Post # 6
No in the food industry in the uk acrylic nails are not acceptable. Ive applied for a role in quality assurance and in this role I need to set the example on the factory floor.
Yeah maybe painting them for now might be a good idea then leaving the paint off when I get a job would be good. 🙂 I must say I’ve bitten my nails all my life rather than all my adult life, but yeah I want to have my own lovely nails painted for my wedding day so I’ve got 2 years to stop this but also I want to have better nails for everyday life not just that day.
Post # 7
Have you tried (only when you’re at home ! not out in public!) bandaids on all your nails?
Post # 8
I’ve been trying to break my nail biting habit my whole life. Now that I’m older, I’m getting to the point where I can go weeks at a time, but it’s still really hard. I would suggest ALWAYS keeping them painted, but the best thing is when you get a manicure…SHELLAC.
I’ve never bitten my nails when they have shellac on them. I don’t like acrylic nails, but I love French manicures, and shellac is wonderful and keeps the look for a few weeks.
I know it’s frustrating, but you can do it!
Post # 9
Wear bright nail polish. Even when you are working… just wear gloves, you wouldn’t want to be biting your nails preparing food anyway.
Post # 10
No I never bite my nails when at work, it’s usually when I’m sitting watching tv. Even with gloves on we are still expected to come to work with no nail polish here in the uk.
I think the band aid idea is a good one lol but they might be better if they are waterproof as I still have to do the dishes 🙂
Post # 11
Could you get away with clear nail polish? If so, go for shellac — it would impossible to bite through that!
Post # 12
Nail polish for me too! Works like a charm
Post # 13
If you can’t wear polish at your job, start using clear polish now while you aren’t working. It helps me tremendously not to bite my nails when there is polish on them (it tastes terrible).
Also, invest in a little manicure kit. I would file my nails every night (when I would usually bite them), and it kept me from putting them in my mouth. The more I worked on my nails to make them pretty, the less I wanted to bite them.
Post # 14
Have you figured out what the trigger is that causes you to bite your nails? I’m a chronic nail biter (since I was about 10 or so) and I’ve figured out it is boredom, hunger or anxiety. Once you figure out what your trigger is, you can address the trigger or find another way to alleviate it – e.g. drinking water, chewing gum, playing on your phone, or anything else that keeps your hands away from your mouth.
Since you can’t actually wear anything on your nails that will keep you from biting (e.g. Shellac, acrylics, etc.), I think this is your best option. Personally, as much as I want to keep from biting, I wouldn’t want to do my nails daily, especially since I hate waiting for polish to dry and making sure they don’t smudge.
Currently, I’m on my longest stint of non-biting, but that’s because I just started Gellish (gel nails) and unlike acrylics, these don’t bubble or peel on me so I have nothing to pick at.
Post # 15
I’ve been biting my nails since I was two… that’s like 23 years of my life! Ugh. What works for me is the bitter-tasting clear polish called Bite-It! which I think I got at CVS. It tastes absolutely horrible, and the taste lingers on your tongue long after you bite, so it REALLY keeps you from wanting to bite! You have to apply it every few days to keep the taste potent. Only drawback is that it really hampers the enjoyment of “finger foods” for obvious reasons… hah.
Post # 16
Just think about how much bacteria is on your hands and under your fingernails. Then realize that you are putting that in your mouth. That should do the trick!