(Closed) Former Nail Nibblers—HELP!!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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243 posts
Helper bee

I found that I was picking at my nails because they were dry and bothersome. I keep aquaphor, another moisturizer, and nail clippers at home as in my desk at work. So that when the urge strikes (usually at work) I clip them instead of chewing off. The chewing and biting causes hangnails. Then I’m peeling hangnails. Then my nails are uncomfortable and I bite. It’s a vicious cycle. 

 

So again clippers, moisturizer, and a little diligence. 

Post # 3
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Newbee

I force myself to think about all of the bacteria that are under the nails when i have the urge to bite. I also paint my nails more often and since I don’t want nail polish on my teeth, that helps too. I have gotten a lot better, but I still bite on occasion. Mainly because I can’t use clippers worth a damn. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Try painting your nails with a noticeable color that you like that way you might be less inclined to nibble on them. I used to bite my nails but I wouldn’t when my nails were painted and looking nice. It worked for me. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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pinkorblue:  

I thought about all the dirt and bacteria under my nails.

The sickening thought of eating up all of that turned me off.

Another option is investing in some tips. It is hard to bite through all that gel and your nails will look gorgeous. 

Best of luck! Breaking a habit is very difficult. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Gel nail polish! 

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’d chew my nails to the bone. Fake nails, gel nails, nasty nail polish, pretty nail polish, manicures, nail clippers, none of it worked for me. I had been chewing my nails since as far back as I can remember. The only thing that worked for me was sheer will and determination. I married a man who loves having his back scritched and it was motivation enough for me to stop. It wasn’t easy, and I slipped up sometimes, but now I have long, long nails that I haven’t bitten in three years. I just needed a reason to stop, and I decided I was going to stop, and I had to be mentally on high alert at all times because I consciously policed myself every waking moment.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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pinkorblue:  I keep my hands super moisturized and i notice i bite the sides of my finger when i am stressed out or nervous, so i try to snap an elastic on my wrist or tap my fingers instead.  Also since i have been getting gel polish manicures, my nails are always so pretty i havent bit them once….and my nails are the longest they have been in years!

Post # 9
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186 posts
Blushing bee

Gel nails really helped me, because I was paying to have them done I got really annoyed with myself when I chewed then and ruined them! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY

I bit my nails for 20 years. (I’m not kidding. I’m 26, and I started biting when I was 5 because I saw my mom doing it!) I find that it’s really not a “nervous” habit or “because I’m hungry” (like seriously, ew) or any of the things my friends/family used to say. It was really all in my head, I enjoyed feeling like I was doing something even when I was doing nothing. 

I started painting my nails with clear nail hardener (specifically Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Green Tea + Olive GROWTH) and when I wanted to bite my nails, instead I would peel off the clear nail hardener. It’s not the best method, because peeling your polish isn’t good for your nails, but I used to put a new layer on every night before bed and let it sit overnight and eventually peel it in the morning. 

Then, my nails would start to grow a bit, and I’d be able to see the white at the tip, and I’d be so proud, and wouldn’t want to bite more. It’s been almost a year since I’ve bitten my nails! My boyfriend and I had casually been discussing marriage and so I wanted to make sure my nails were AWESOME by the time I got a ring. I started my process Jan. 28, 2014 and wasn’t confident to get my nails done until May. I get them done at LEAST every 2 weeks, otherwise I tend to pick and nibble and they start to break and weaken. I still bite the cuticles every once in a while, but honestly I can’t believe my fingers look like this! 

Here’s a ring shot, with my nails in the picture as well so you can see progress!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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jellybellie:  

Gorgeous ring and nails! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery

I was a nail biter for years, since childhood really. What helped me was learning to deal with or get rid of stressors, get acrylics on, and keep hands moisturized. I have been able to go without acrylics and have been bite free for about 4 years now. I do still bite the skin from time to time but I’m not as bad as I used to be. Good Luck!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I found that keeping my nails filed and short until they were strong enough that I couldnt rip them when i was nervous/bored helped me. Now they are strong I have let myself grow them a little longer. Polish helps a lot, even if it is clear polish. and I always carry a small file with me to fix up any sharp edges i would have previously bitten off.

I still pick at the sides and cuticles, I think ill have to take the moisturiser tip from you other bees

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