(Closed) Nail Biting

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
3763 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yes! Me! I really need to do something since my wedding is coming up! I also pick at my cuiticles which is horrible. I couple years ago some one told me to get acrylic nails to help break the habit. It totally worked. While you have them you literally can’t bite them. Even after I took them off I didnt bite or pick at my nails for months. Since then I have relapsEd (haha) but plan on getting them soon to prep my nails and cuticles for the wedding day!

Post # 4
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m 32 and still bite my nails! I don’t even realize I’m doing it most of the time, though. The only thing that stops me is having them painted, but I can’t have anything on them for my job, so I just bite bite bite. It’s definitely worse when I’m stressed…I guess it’s a comforting thing? 

I took 8 days off of work recently, so I kept them painted the whole time and was amazed at how much they grew…but I bit them off within 2 days of going back to work! That’s actually one of the reasons I want to quit my job! Haha…you know, on top of just hating the job!

Post # 5
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is something that I have struggled with for 27 years. I am proud to say that apart from the odd nail every now and then, I’ve not bitten for a fees months. What has worked for me:

  • Painting my nails – much less likely to bite them if they look nice. 
  • When I am changing my nail colour I like to look at how much my nails have grown, they look so much better and makes your fingers look slimmer I find. 
  • I try and trim them reguarly – if they remain short I am less likely to bite them.
  • I keep a pair of nail clippers in my bag for those emergency moments out and about when I think a nail needs to be trimmed off to prevent me from biting it. 

Maybe you could reward yourself somehow for every day, week and month you manage not to – start off with daily rewards then the longer you go you can increase it. 

I stopped for the wedding….I am hoping I can keep it up after. 

Post # 6
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@KatyYoung:  It took me years to kick it, and even now I still chew a bit. I’m worst if I’ve got a tear in the nail, or a rough edge – I try and keep a nail file with me wherever I am now and that’s really helped!

Post # 8
2780 posts
Sugar bee

@KatyYoung:  I’ve had this problem since I was a child. The longest I’ve gone is maybe two years without biting? I think just being conscious rod what I was doing really helped me. Getting manicures also helped a lot cause they made my nails so pretty that I didn’t wanna ruin em lol.

Post # 9
3421 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

Me too! I am in my mid twenties and still bite my nails. 

Post # 10
2376 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I used to bite and pick at my nails till they would bleed all over the place.  I started getting weekly manicures and kept a nail buffer/file with me at all times.  Painting them at home made it worse because the polish chipped faster, making me pick at them more.  Salon manicures usually last about a week for me, so the timing was perfect.  Plus the nail polish tates gross.

Post # 11
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m still working at overcoming nail biting. Not just one thing worked for me, and I found that any of the stuff that tastes nasty you paint your nails with did absolutely NOTHING for me. I still bit them. I seem to be a person who bites b/c of anxiety so it always gets worse if I’m stressed. What has worked for me is:

  • Keeping a hair band on my wrist and when I go to bite or want to, snap it a few times
  • Paint my nails. I now have way more polishes than my husband likes, but oh well. I don’t want to mess up my polish and I want my nails to look nice. When I do pay for a manicure, I used to feel so embaressed when my nails were bit down to nothing and the skin all around my nails was screwed up. So I invested in some decent files, polishes, cuticle oil, and hand cream. I keep a polish remover pad and file in my purse. Part of my routine at night before I go to sleep is to apply hand cream
  • Telling a few people I wanted to stop biting so they helped keep me accountable. My husband would usually stop me if i started to bite around him – or he’d at least remind me
  • Sometimes literally sit on my hands! 

Post # 13
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Not a nail biter but a cuticle picker 🙁  I have found applying cuticle oil constantly will help (and will probably prevent nail biting as well if the oil makes it onto the nails).  The oil will soften the cuticle which makes me less likely to pick at the rough skin.

Post # 14
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I used to bite my nails like crazy, but I started getting Shellac manicures and I don’t do it anymore! It’s a super thick coating, which makes it pretty impossible to bite. Or you could try OPI Nail Envy… it also keeps my nails thick and makes it hard to bite.

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