Post # 1
I’m a nail biter . Like a really bad nail biter. I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I thought that getting a ring would give me the motivation to stop but the stress of planning the wedding has only made it worse! I’ve tried to keep my nails painted but I still bite them, polish and all. HELP! I just cringe when I have to show people my ring and they see my nails!
What helped you stop biting your nails?
Post # 3
Well I’ve never been a nail biter but what if you put something on your nails that tasted awful? Like when you’re at home you could put hot sauce, pepper sauce, or lemon juice on them. Or at home you could wear a pair of thin gloves. Also try carrying around a finger nail file and when you get the urge to bite just file them. Plus if you keep them filed and short there won’t be anything to bite.
Post # 4
This may not be a answer for you but, the only time I am able to stop biting my nails is when I have fake ones put on.
Post # 5
I’m not a nail biter, but my sister has always been and has tried everything to stop. Like @Niki, getting fake nails is basically the only thing that helps her.
Post # 6
Ugh – I’m a terrible nail biter. And the usual things do not work for me. The only thing that has worked for me was getting manicures. For the first one, my esthetician sent me away with a cuticle cream that also has an exfoliant in it (sorry, forget the name), told me to rub it into the nail beds every time I started to pick/bite for two weeks, then come back to her. By that time, they had grown a bit, she cleaned them up and that helped. I then got a few more and because my cuticles and nails were perfect, I didn’t start chewing/picking and they stayed that way long enough to grow a bit. I’m not fully there – it is a baaaddddd habit to break, but I can now go a few months before I fall off the wagon! Also, Nail Envy by OPI really helps. Its clear and helps strengthen your nails. I had one manicurist tell me to put a coat on once a day for seven days, remove and repeat until the nails had grown a bit, then go get a manicure to clean and polish everything up. I haven’t done that but do use the polish on a regular basis. I’ve never gone the fake nail route b/c I have heard that they really weaken your natural nail.
Post # 7
I have been a nail biter pretty much mu whole life too, up until a couple months ago. I started taking prenatal vitamins to help my hair and nails and it seems to work. i also use Avon Nail experts, I love it cuz it actually soaks into your nails instead of sitting on top. I haven’t bitten my nails for months and they all have actually grown out past my fingertips now! And they don’t split anymore either. Yay!!
Post # 8
I bit my nails for years. UNTIL i started getting weekly manicures. Even though my nails were little stubs when I started, i found that getting weekly manicures helped me stay conscious of the fact that i shouldn’t be biting my nails. Slowly they began to grow and get stronger. It also made them look nice an pretty during the growing out phase. GOOD LUCK, its not an easy habit to break (what bad habit is really???) but you can do it!
Post # 9
I have been trying to break the habit, too! I have been constantly keeping my nails filed and well moisturized (I use Burt’s Bee’s lemon butter cuticle cream). I find that I personally can’t have my nails grow too long or I will bite them, but by keeping them neat and trimmed they look clean and I’m not tempted to bite. I also let them grow past my fingers once and was so grossed out about how much gunk gets under there! I had never known since I had literally never let my nails grow out that long! So I am going to stick with short and neat. I also always try to have gum with me so that when I get fidgety, I have something to chew on.
Post # 10
I wasn’t really a biter- more of a nibbler or picker. I was constantly picking at them until they broke.
I wanted my nails nice for my wedding, but didn’t want to have tips put on and be unable to zip my pants or wipe my butt because of suddenly long nails.
So I went to a salon and had acrylic put on my nails- no tips, just the overlay of acrylic. It’s super strong and I haven’t broken a nail since I started getting them done (back in early September- I liked them so much I kept getting them done after the wedding).
I would try to let them grow a tiny bit- so you have a little bit of white nail on each. Then go to a salon and get the acrylics. They even have these little special plastic guards that will let them extend the acrylic beyond your nail length (without having to put on tips). Then they will start growing and you can trim off the excess and eventually just have the acrylic covering your natural nail. You just go back every 2-3 weeks to get them filled.
Post # 11
I stopped biting my nails after multiple tries. The last time I tried- was the final time!!! I remember biting my nails back as early as age 7 or 8… until I hit 21 and met my future husband! I remember him asking me out, and this is how ridiculous I am… I thought to myself "gosh- a doctor asked me out! And here I am acting like a teenager biting my nails… he is going to think I am sooooooo immature!" and I stopped, cold turkey.
But then… seven yrs after dating and now getting married- I still have stopped the habit of biting my nails. But little did I know back then, he is a nail biter too. =o) Love! It’s a silly thing.
So I stopped biting my nails when I realized how friggin ridiculous it was… and figuring I needed to grow up. But that is what worked for me. ;o)
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
I bite my cuticles and I wear overlays to keep myself from chewing on them.
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
i actually used to bite my nails when i was a kid and my parents made me put this awful solution on my hands.. tasted like sh*t and made me stop. I guess it didn’t hurt that my Dad offered me a shopping spree if I quit…hmm 😉 I’ve also noticed that whenever I use Hard As Nails clear polish my nails feel so much thicker and I’m less likely to mess with them. Good luck!
Post # 14
Hi, there, my sister is a nail biter, what I may advise you is to start wearing fake nails.
Post # 15
I am a recovering biter! The only thing that helped me was a weekly at-home nail pampering. On Sundays, I take off the old nail polish, use the fancy lotion and cuticle cream, and put a new polish on. I can’t afford to get manicures except for special occasions! It was great to spend the time once a week though, very relaxing.
Post # 16
I use to bite my nails dangerously low. It took about 4 tries to quit completely. What I did was psych myself out. I was in college when I first tried to quit. I would get colds all the time plus strep once a year. I knew it was because of all the germs I was ingesting from biting my nails. So, that grossed me out! I stopped. Whenever I would become weak and start again, I immediately regretted it because I could not wear dark nail polish! To me, red nail polish looked stupid on basically a nail bed with no nail. So, I’ve stopped now completely (years later)and now they break easily, so I can’t win! 🙂