Post # 1
So, I was a life-long nail biter up until the spring of 2011 after I got engaged. Even without an e-ring to wear now that my relationship is over, I’ve managed to not go back to biting. In fact, I can’t if I wanted to now because I had my front tooth capped and the material the cap is made of doesn’t really bite nails haha.
Anyway, despite having two years to grow out my nails are just impossible to work with. They break SO easily – they’ll grow out to a certain length that I like, then break. It’s impossible to keep them nice for long because one will inevitable break and then I have to wait for it to grow back.
How can I get my nails to be stronger and stop breaking? Does anyone know any good websites with tutorials on manicuring in general? Since I always had short nails, I never learned what to do with them growing up and I’m so lost… I understand how to use an emery board but beyond that I am CLUELESS.
I have a feeling that by the end of 2013 I’ll be engaged again and this time around I want pretty nails for the ring pictures haha.
Post # 3
I have found that if I keep my nails polished and trimmed/manicured with an emery board that they grow longer and stay stronger. Also, pre-natal vitamins help your nails grow as well.
Post # 4
OPI Nail Envy.
Oh my god. Just google it. Seriously the best thing in the world ever.
Post # 5
@h_annas: I’m a bit apprehensive about prenatals because I really don’t want to get pregnant right now and would hate to do anything to make myself more fertile lol.
I try that, but as I said, one generally ends up breaking.
@Miss Jackrabbit: Ooooh. I googled and I ike the sound of that. Thank you!
Post # 6
You should try taking a biotin supplement! It helps your hair and nails grow faster and stronger. I’ve been taking it since October to grow my hair out and I definitely notice a difference in my nails (I used to be a nail biter too!).
Post # 7
My friend who is obsessed with nails says to file your nails, not clip them. Nail clippers place stress on your entire nail (when you clamp down to cut). This can break the nail and weakens it, especially the tip where the nail will be left jagged and thus will be more likely to peel and splinter. Filing will ensure a cleaner line (no breakage) and will leave the tip of your nail healthy.
Also, maybe try getting a shellac mani. That stuff is seriously strong! I really don’t think your nails will break while you have it on. And I have no idea if this just happened to me (or if it happens to other people) but after I finally took the shellac off, I noticed that my nails were much harder. And they’ve been growing back much harder too. My nails used to be pretty soft, and I tried some of those calcium coats you’re supposed to put on your nails and they weren’t that affective, but I got that shellac mani 1.5 years ago (?) and they’re still growing back much harder.
Post # 8
I also used to bite my nails, REALLY badly, like until they bled, and were right into the life! Then, a few years ago I stopped and just put on HEAPS of nail polish, like 5+ coats, and they’re super strong now. Any nail polish will do (even the really cheap stuff) and make sure you always have it on
Also, buffing your nails works amazingly well! Look out for one of those nail bufffers that have the 4 steps on it (file, smooth, buff, polish) and silica supplements are really good for your hair, skin and nails!
Here’s a few photos of my nails now (all real, excuse the different lengths ):
And these are a few of my nails when I bit them (you can barely see them lol!) Please excuse my horrible makeup etc, I was 16 and going through the horrible emo phase
Post # 9
If you want to figure out what to do, I would find a good nail salon (ask ladies who seem to have really nice nails where they go) and get a regular manicure (you don’t even need polish if you don’t want it) and see if the nail tech can explain what she’s doing and why as she does it.
Also, taking vitamins and biotin supplements will help them grow longer. And I second the rec for OPI Nail Envy. And be sure to use cuticle oil to keep them moisturized – dryness is often the cause of brittleness and cracking.