(Closed) How to grow out fingernails?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you tried putting some “no biting” stuff on your nails? Supposedly it tastes very bitter and gross. You can get it at the drug store!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m a compulsive nail biter as well, and a few months ago I just stopped.  It took a lot of willpower, but I was then gifted with some pretty and kinda long nails for the first time ever in my life.  Wish I had taken pictures, damn.  But they would always get really thin after I washed the dishes, and sometimes it hurt when they would bend.  So I bought some Avon nail strengthener thinking that would help, and it had the complete opposite effect.  Most of them broke within a few days, it was heartbreaking!  Now I’m back to biting them.  I just got discouraged and think why bother when they will eventually break anyway?  Maybe I’ll give it another try though.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I bite my nails pretty badly too.  I pretty much have to paint my nails over and over again to get them to grow out so I don’t bite them which isn’t too fun but it’s the only thing that’s worked for me so far.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I used to bite my nails too…what a hard habit that was to stop! Now I am able to grow my nails out nice and long and I have even had people ask me if my nails were fake! It sounds like you are doing pretty good with not biting them, just having a tough time keep a mani intact. I don’t do colored polish on my fingernails. It doesn’t last and I do the same as you…peel it all of when it starts chipping! What I do now is use clear or nude polish (there is a great kind made by OPI in target that works really well) and I do my own mani about once a week. Filing them once a week helps to keep them looking neat and they don’t start to break or peel as often which helps me to not mess with them. The clear/nude polish isn’t quite so tempting to pick at because you can’t tell when it chips and still makes your nails look nice. Also, avoid french manicures for the same reason. They start to chip after a couple days so you’ll be doing the same thing.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had the same problem, so I always got acrylics which really messed up my nails.  So I got Avon nail experts http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?pf_id=35959 and it really works, you just have to use it consistently for a few months.  My tip – cut them down so that just a little bit of the white shows, file across with a crystal file (HAS to be a crystal file, they are the best) and apply as close to every day as you can.  Make sure to keep them trimmed down for a while, and then in a few months you can start to grow them out and they will be stronger.  The best part about the avon stuff is that it actually soaks into your nail, and not just coat it like all the other ones that I’ve used before and it smells better than nail polish.  Keeping your nails short at first will keep you from biting them and the crystal file will prevent splitting and peeling.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I also used to bite my nails.  Seriously, the only thing that got me to stop was getting an engagement ring from my FI!  Hahaha  Seriously.

I’ve found that it really helps to keep polish on them.  Paint them every day.  If you pick it off during the day, repaint at night.  I’ve gotten to the point now that I wear a clear coat of polish and make sure the underside of the nail stays clean and white since they’ve grown out.  I suppose that’s what has taken place of the biting.

Good luck, I know how hard it is to stop.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

KatNYC2011 : I totally get what you’re saying! I was the same way and still kinda am! I don’t like having anything under my nails and it drives me nuts if I can’t get it out but luckily I have stopped biting for that. Another poster mentioned getting acrylics. It does seriously screw up your nails because they file them wayyyy down. However, something else that I have done is used the nails you glue/press on yourself. Didn’t have to destroy my nail and this will help you to train yourself not to bite them so you can eventually grow your own nails out and be further along with breaking the habit. I’m interested in the Avon stuff that a PP mentioned. That could be something great to try also!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

Haha yes!!!! That’s another problem for us nail biters…ripping the acrylics off! I think that the issue with the white part will go away over time. Like someone suggested, keep them short for a while with just a small amount of the white at the top…by FILING not by BITING Tongue out and let them get to what they are naturally supposed to look like over time.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

hahahaha love itSmile make sure to use the “file thingy” religiously tho. Despite having stopped being a constant nail biter like 9 years ago, i still find that I do it if one of the nails starts to peel and I don’t file it and fix it right away or if one breaks I want them all to look the same and be the same length so i bite them to make it that way, etc.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@KatNYC2011: I’m afraid I have no advice on nail biting, but I can point you to my go-to cheap nail salon, since you’re in New York also. It’s called Niu’s Nails on E. 26th b/w 2nd & 3rd and it is $5 for a manicure, and they do a great job. At that rate, you could pretty easily get weekly manicures for awhile to help you grow your nails out. I think keeping a dark color on your nails might help so you wouldn’t see dirt under your nails.

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