(Closed) wish I wasn’t a nail biter : /

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2892 posts
Sugar bee

I was a chronic nail biter my whole life. Last year I got invisalign and because the trays physically prevented me from biting my nails I kicked the habit. I’ve heard some ladies have success with acrylics to keep them from biting. Perhaps go that route to give them time to actually grow back? Does simply painting your nails keep you for chewing them?

Post # 4
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Its VERY hard to stop biting. What worked best for me was getting regular manicures with a darker polish (I would go about once a week). Something that I could easily see. I found that when I loved the way my nails looked, I was less ready to gnaw on them. Its been over 6mths for me and now I can do no polish and leave them alone. I do recommend just regular manicures not fake nails (they stop for a while, but once the nails come off the habit will pick back up). I do find that if I don’t get manicures regularly though (now about once a month) I pick at them when they get long.

Plus when I went all the time…I would feel judged when I had gone after them.

Hope This Helps

Post # 5
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I use to bite my nails a lot but I started putting a clear coat on and every time I went to bite I thought about all the cemicals that are in the top coat and wouldn’t do it, I broke that habit and don’t do it anymore at all. But that’s me all people are different and that might not work with others. Now my only problem is I break my nails here and there and they are uneven so when I do get my ring and go to show it off if my nails are still uneven then I will just break down and go get them done. Hope that helped Smile

Post # 6
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I have been chronically biting my nails for as long as I can remember (going on about 10 years now…) BUT I forced myself to stop a few weeks ago (been two weeks!) and as a result my mum got me some gel powder nail overlays, which look so smart and nice and my ring now looks much better as a result! If you want them to look neater and to feel better about your hands, I recommend getting them done. They’re much better than acrylics for your nails too. 

This is a photo with my promise ring (I am a waiting Bee, we have the ring!) but they just look much nicer, and it’s an incentive to keep them looking neat!

Post # 7
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

I am too. The only thing that helps me is something I can’t bite through, like acrylics or a gel polish manicure.

Post # 8
1429 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wish I had a magic answer for you. I bit my nails for 40 years but when we started talking about getting married I thought to myself

“when I get engaged everyone will be looking at my hands.”

For some reason that was enough for me and I haven’t bit them since. 

Here they are without a manicure. They aren’t the prettiest nails but better that when I was chewing them up.

I now have shelac gel on my nails wich keeps them very strong. I have heard of girls getting this done to prevent them from biting. 

Good luck hun. I know it’s a hard habit to kick.

Post # 9
5891 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I kicked the habit during childhood, but i’m going to put my vote behind getting a  UV Gel/Shelac manicure. In the beginning plan on going every 2-3 weeks.

Post # 10
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As soon I knew my guy bought my ring, I stopped biting my nails and kept them painted CONSTANTLY. I wanted them to be long and pretty when he proposed because everyone would be looking at my hands. Coincidentally, I used a gift certificate to a nail salon and got a French manicure 3 days before he proposed! (see below)


It can be done!

Post # 11
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As a nail-biter since I could chew, I was determined to quit once I got engaged. I’m a nurse, and we’re not allowed to have fake/gel/acrylic nails, so I had to find another way. I painted them, which would help for a little while, but I couldn’t keep them painted forever. So, instead, I thought about what made me bite my nails. I bit a lot while I was driving or when I was bored and there was nothing to do but look at and pick at my yucky nails. So, I got a hackeysack for my car that I could play with in one hand while the other was on the steering wheel, and I got other things (silly putty, etc) to play with whenever I was sitting around being bored. Eventually, will power won out and now my nails are healed and I don’t have jagged cuticles or gross skin around the nail to pick. You can do it! Good luck!

Post # 12
1327 posts
Bumble bee

I am a chronic nail biter as well. But I am one my 4th attempt at stopping, and so far so good. Each time I have tried my nails get to a certain length to where I just can’t stand them and bite them down, but I am trying to push past that on this attempt. They are almost at my finger tips at this point and I am determined to have pretty nails for my wedding. I keep clear polish on them all the time, and am trying to keep from picking the nail polish off but its tough. I try and keep my hands busy, because I bite when I am zoned out, I have bought a stress ball which is helping a lot, as well as I use hand sanatizer like crazy (or lotion) to keep my fingers tasting gross.  It is pretty much a battle of wills to be honest, you can do it!

Post # 13
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve been biting my nails for as long as I can remember too. Everyone says it’s gross, but I can’t stop! I do it more when I’m stressed, but it seriously stresses me out to not bite them. Weird I know. I know a lot of people have said getting manicures really helps. That would be my suggestion. Unfortunately I’m a nurse and I can’t have painted nails or fake nails where I work (NICU), so I haven’t found a solution yet. Good luck!

Post # 14
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012


This stuff.  Seriously.  It tastes SO BAD.  Just read the reviews for some other perspectives!

I was such a bad nail biter until my boyfriend told me he was concerned about putting a ring on a finger in such bad shape.  I painted them and put this stuff on the top. Carry it with you wherever you go and use it diligently!! My problem was that I bit without even knowing I was doing it and this helped me to acknowledge when I had my fingers in my mouth.  Once they grew out long enough where I could paint them without completely covering my finger tip, I started Gelish manicures.  They were too hard to bite through even if I had wanted to.  

Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions or want to see my before/after pictures! 

Post # 15
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mrslawyer2bee: I was going to recommend this also!!  I am a child therapist and I have my families use this all of the time for children who suck their thumbs!  It works great

Post # 16
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I totally hear you.  I’ve got it even worse–I’m a biter AND picker.  Meaning that nasty-tasting stuff only takes care of part of the problem.  I’m so embarrassed of my nails.  I’ve had limited success in the past with DIY fake nail kits, but depending on how short your nails are, they tend to pop off if you’re not careful.

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