(Closed) Anybody else bite their nails and want to stop before their wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Chew gum! That helped me when I stopped. On weekends if you’ll just be at home, you can put bandaids on your fingers. Get manicures as motivation! Even a shellac to make them harder to bite. 


Post # 4
3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My husband used to chew his nails.  He stopped with the help of this stuff you paint on your fingernails that tastes disgusting when you chew on them.  They sell it at Sally Beauty Supply.

Post # 5
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

ughhhhhh I am the worst!!!!! I have acrylic nails on now and want to get them taken off and have natural beautiful nails.  I know I will just bite them all off.  Someone told me the following things to help keep them nice and bite-free

– keep them manicured (gel, no-chip) so they can stay strong and grow

– take biotin supplement for the same reason

– keep a nail file with you at all times

–  lotion your cuticles to stop from picking

Post # 6
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I will bite my nails down to the quick.  The ONLY thing that stops me is having my nails painted.  I mostly do it myself at home in a light neutral color, it doesn’t that long, and it stops me from biting.  The day my polish chips off, or I remove it and don’t repaint, I WILL start nibbling on my nails again and within a day or two they are gone.  

Post # 7
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Mavala, it’s disgusting you’ll be rudely reminded if you even try to bite them.

Post # 8
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I bit my nail up until about 10 months ago and I got married in October. I wanted to quit SOOOO bad and tried everything. I think it all depends on how bad the habit because I literally tried everything there is. My grandma would offer to pay to have my nails done, I would wear gloves, I put hot sauce on my nails…nothing worked.

I wish I had some helpful advice for you, I just quit one day with no real reason. I just stopped. It was a miracle!


Post # 9
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I never stopped until I got pregnant and became a germ phobe.  Just the thought of putting my hands in my mouth really scared me.

Post # 10
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@RoundtreeBee:  Agree. I was a nail picker, not biter, but the same thing worked for me. Keep them painted and looking nice and you wont want to touch them. I also use “tough as nails”, it’s a clear polish that has clear tiny strips of nylon in it that helps keep your nails from breaking and makes them strong. I put a coat of that on, then add color to the top and finish with another clear coat on top.

Post # 11
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I find that painting them helps a bit, at least it reminds me that I am mindlessly biting them when it tastes like paint.

Also its flu season! just keep repeating this to yourself, don’t put hands in mouth, don’t get the flu!

Post # 12
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I do, and I need to stop before the wedding, I have plenty of time though.

I’ve bit my nails all my life, and I’ve stopped ONCE, for 6 months. And my first day of a new job [burger king, at 19], i broke over 8 of them! It was SO dissapointing, but I know I can stop again.

I was able to grow them out becaue I wore fake nails constantly, and I’d chew on those instead, and eventually stopped chewing.

Post # 13
3369 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ugh I am SO bad about biting! I’m glad it isn’t just me. That, and picking at my skin. I know, gross =/ They’re both nervous habits that I’ve had forever, and just haven’t been able to shake. Fiance has been trying to bribe me to get me to stop. So far it’s working. 

I want pretty nails and skin for our wedding, dammit!

Post # 14
38 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

I bite my nails ALL the time. Well, not when I’m teaching first graders (eww), but as soon as I get home and clean up, I start. I’ve tried gloves, the bitter nail polish, keeping a file on me….none of it worked. Keeping them painted does help a bit, but as soon as the paint chips in the slightest, in they go! 

I stopped for several months in junior high. Wish I could remember what my motivation was back then. I reeeeeeally need to quit. It’s starting to hurt my teeth and jaw. 

Post # 15
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I used to bit mine raw. Nervous habit, bored hait, habitual habit. The only thing that stopped me was going and getting acrylics when I was 18. I’m 22 now, without the acrylics, and an ex-chewer! I liked them looking pretty, so even when the acrylics came off I looked after them 🙂

Post # 16
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I chewed my nails and cuticles until they bled up (2x’s having an infection) until the last 2 months.

For me, buying a lot of nail polish and nail stuff and ALWAYS keeping them done really works because I strongly dislike the look of chipped nails. I file, buff and polish (base coat, top coat, color, etc) twice a week.  For me it’s like “damn I spent 20 minutes yesterday, why would I ruin them,” and then over time I think “wow, pretty, which is then motivation.”

As an aside I work as a addiction counselor in a women’s prison, when my group noticed I was biting my nails one inmate asked why.  I told her I didn’t know, but had been doing it since I was a kid and “couldn’t stop.”  She then said, “If we can quit crack, you can quit biting your nails!”  Touche…it’s been 7 weeks. they are really long and really thick/strong.  There is also accountability now.  This is the 1st time in my life I can see my nails from the palm of my hand!

Good Luck!

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