(Closed) Finally, I have my moon ring! + question for fellow nail biters [eik]

posted 7 years ago in Rings
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would just get acrylics if you feel self-conscious about it!

By The Way, what a unique ring idea. Very pretty!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Very pretty and unique ring!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Very pretty, congrats!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Gels are less damaging to your nails than acrylics and you can get extensions to add length. I haven’t tried it yet, but that’s most likely what I’ll do for the wedding. I’m a nail biter, too and even though I’ve managed to quit for weeks at a time, my nails break easily so it’s impossible for me to keep them at a decent length.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My Darling Husband is an awful nailbiter. It’s so bad that when he scratches him self he draws blood. We noticed that his trigger is driving. Now, when he drives he wears gloves and each time he puts his hand to his mouth he realizes he isn’t supposed to do it and stops. It’s been really helpful and his nails look a lot better. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

At some point, after about 30 years of biting, I got more comfy and less stressed in my life, and I just stopped.  I didn’t decide to stop, it just happened.  That’s not advice, but maybe it helps to know that nail biting can sometimes just “go away”.

I got fake nails when I was biting and wanted a nice looking manicure.  They can help curb your habit of biting too, since you can’t bite them without being pretty aware that you’re doing it.  Also, there were times before I totally stopped when I would grow them out to a more normal length…never long, but not nail-biter length chewed down either.  Getting pro manicures helped me be aware of them and helped them look better so that I felt like I was really preserving something.  The problem is that your nails rarely look normal even if you quit biting for a while if you’ve bitten them a lot.  It takes a while for the shape to come back.  So, fakes can still be a good idea.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I used to bite my nails/cuticles bloody.  They looked beyond hideous.  I didn’t stop for good until I was about 34.  I just finally became so self-conscious about how bad my hands looked and how truly disgusting the habit is.  But I’m definitely not any less stressed than I used to be. lol

Anyway, just stopped completely cold turkey. I started putting a nourishing Sally Hansen top coat that also encouraged growth.  You put it on every day so it felt like a mini-mani.  Also cuticle oil every day to keep them from looking raggedy.  They looked better within days and I’ve managed to maintain them for good.

They didn’t grow out funny either.  They are the most beautiful strong nails ever.  Maybe by keeping them hidden for so long was a good thing:)  But for engagement pics, get the acrylics and then take them off so your own nails can grow out. Good luck.  And just remember: Mind over matter:)

p.s beautiful ring!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Nail biter here!

I used to get gels and acrylics, but they were so expensive, time consuming, and damaging to my nails. For a special picture, of course, they may be just the thing, but long-term I found success without them. 

The way that I beat nail biting is professional manicures in a darker color. They don’t have to be at a spa, but can simply be at a strip-mall nail place. Now, at very first, when the nails are very short, the dark color can look a bit silly. I figure, however, that they don’t look any more silly than gnawed nails.

The reason that I get darker polish is because it’s impossible to sink your teeth into the polish without knowing you’re going to leave a huge, obvious dent. With pale polish, a little chip here or there doesn’t show. Furthermore, the dark polish hides the white free-edge of the nail. I’m not sure about you, but for me, seeing that white free edge was like “permission” to bite; it just begged to be picked or bitten off.

For me, at this point, once I have them grown out a little bit, I can switch to a paler pink. Usually every month or two, something stressful happens and I bite them, but I find that with less trauma less often, the nail bed actually lengthens and heals. When I bite now, that white free-edge is much higher up on my nail bed, and I know exactly what to do: get to the manicurist ASAP. It’s all very much better than before. 

Dark doesn’t have to mean black or red; it just has to be opaque enough to basically hide the white of your own nail. There are dark colors that are spring-friendly, such as those in a medium, opaque pink. I have OPI’s “Dutch Tulip” on right now, and I get lots of compliments on it. It looks wonderful on toes, too!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@LuciaElizabetta: I’m totally that way about seeing the white on the nail. haha.

I am a nail biter, and for over 2 months after we got engaged I stopped biting my nails cold turkey. The way I did it was to make my short nails look as good as possible and then paint them different colors every 3 days or so. Just having color on my nails was enough to remind me to not be biting them. I just have to say that I hated it the whole two months. I wanted to bite them sooo bad. So I finally gave up after we went to visit his family and show them the ring for the first time. After that everyone important had seen the ring and I didn’t care anymore lol.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I had a friend who was a big time nail biter, and she bought a certain nail polish made for biters that she said tasted HORRIBLE! So she painted her her nails with that, and every time her nails went in her mouth she was disgusted!

She doesn’t bite any more. Sorry I don’t know what it’s called!

Post # 14
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Worker bee

Pretty ring!

I can’t help with the nail bitinng but a pp mentioned her nails break. I had that problem for years and my hands always looked horrible. My doctor did a vitamin D test for some other reason and put me on vit d. Since then my nails have been gorgeous – hard, no breaking. I enjoy fixing them up and wearing polish again for the first time in many years. I even bought some glitter polish! So I can’t help with the biting but maybe some can have better nails with a simple vitamin. Which By The Way, a large percentage of people are low on vit d anyway so would benefit overall from the vitamin supplement.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Beatiful ring congrats!! I wish this post was here when I got engaged!! I was a huge nail bitter, had been all my life! A few days before I got engaged I decided I wanted to stop bitting my nails again (always tried and never manged unless I had a set put on!) I started painting my nails a dark, none see through color! Then when I did get engaged ( a total suprise or my nails sure would have been done) and took pictures to show friends I realised how terrible they looked!! I went cold turkey from there on out, and now I have long pretty nails. They do still break, I recomend while trying to grow them out to use strenghtening polishes! And if you want to, get a gel set for your engamaent photos!! Best of luck, I know how hard it is!! And congrats again!!

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Beautiful, unique ring! 🙂

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