Post # 1
So I have decided to start taking more pride in the way I look. I normally am a very low maintaince kind of person. But now want to have pretty nails and do my makeup every day. And maybe if I’m brave enough for a new hair style. So my question for you bees is what should I do with my nails??
I am an EXTREME nail bitter, mostly when I’m sitting watching tv or an intense movie (I almost always find my self biting when I go to a movie theater!) Or sitting in the car, or waiting on something, well general anytime. It had and something I just can’t seem to stop.
So would you say it is better to get some acrylics or gel nails to grow them out a bit? I definitly don’t want them for an extreme amount of time. Or go with something like Shellac. I really am into nail designs and fun polishs lately so would love to be able to try some of that stuff my tiny nails just aren’t going to work for that.
Whenver in the past I have had acrylics they have seemed to not last more than a week, maybe two on me. I am a bitter and pick at them constantly! Just not sure what other options I have
I NEED SOME SERIOUS HELP OR GREAT ADVICE!
Post # 2
kdrforever: Just keep them cut short and paint them pink. Why make things more difficult?
Post # 3
sarahalthea: They are so short painting them just doesn’t work. I look like I have little kid hands that way.
Post # 4
kdrforever: hypnotherapy to stop biting nails? Take vitamins to get them to grow faster. But fake nails are so silly, and they do more damage than just letting them grow. I’m a teacher and got one of my students to stop biting his nails by describing all the dirty germs that collect under our nails and on our fingertips. When I broke it down like that, he was so grossed out he got better about chewing them.
Just think about all the people that don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom and then touching the things you touch. Gross, huh?
Post # 5
kdrforever: I agree with PP. To start out, maybe just keep your nails filed neatly and painted a solid color — a cute pink or whatever color you like best. I was a nail biter when I was younger, and keeping them filed and painted really helped me with that habit. When my daughter was born, I started biting them again. This went on for several years, until I started maintaining and painting them again. Something about having polish on them makes me not want to bite them.
I’ve never had acrylics or gels, so I don’t have any experience or advice about them. I have friends who used acrylics, and they said having them was rough on their natural nails.
Good luck with your nails! I hope you find something that works perfectly for you.
ETA: Just saw your reply about your nails being too short to paint. Maybe a clear polish might help until the are long enough. Also vitamins to get them to grow is a great idea!
Post # 6
I agree with PPs about just painting them. They might look like ‘little kid nails’ but when my nails are painted I don’t bite them because I hate the taste and I hate the look of chipped polish. I have only ever ended up with damaged nails when I get fake nails- definitely not the way to try and grow them out.
I’m not entirely sure how gels work but Shellac just goes right on your regular nails. So even if you get that done you will only have your nails painted, no fake ones.
Post # 7
Keep them painted it discourages biting as nail polisg tastes kinda bad. They also grow pretty fast once you paint them frequently. Eventually you can get yourself a gel kit and do them yourself as getting them done professionally is expensive every two weeks. Once you see how pretty they are when they grow out you will not want to damage them!