Erin
Featured September 2017 Ontario

Nail biting - how to stop

Erin, on 13/September/2017 at 10:25 Posted in Beauty
Hi all! I need some help. I have been a nail and cuticle biter and picker for years!! I want to have nice nails for the wedding but stress doesn't help things. Has anyone ever beaten this habit? If so, how? Really appreciate any input!


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  • Erin
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
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    Written by Lynnie:

    Powder dip manicures for the win!!! It is the only thing that has finally broken my nail-biting habit!

    The powder manicures are all called something slightly different based on the brand (my salon calls them SNS manicures), but they are hard as rock and I literally can not bite them. The polish doesn't peel or chip off, it stays on totally solid. The manicure lasts forever so it wasn't a huge hit to my monthly budget either.

    Seriously - these are my nails right now at work - I had my nails done on August 30th!!!!


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    Wow those are nice!
  • Heather
    Newbie September 2017 Ontario
    Heather ·
    I feel your pain! I just got engaged and I’m determined to show off my ring with nice nails so I’m mind over matter right now until I can get them professionally done... I’m almost there!! Good luck!
  • Lynnie
    Administrator October 2016 North Carolina
    Lynnie ·

    Powder dip manicures for the win!!! It is the only thing that has finally broken my nail-biting habit!

    The powder manicures are all called something slightly different based on the brand (my salon calls them SNS manicures), but they are hard as rock and I literally can not bite them. The polish doesn't peel or chip off, it stays on totally solid. The manicure lasts forever so it wasn't a huge hit to my monthly budget either.

    Seriously - these are my nails right now at work - I had my nails done on August 30th!!!!


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  • Lyssa
    Curious bride October 2018 New Brunswick
    Lyssa ·
    Hello! 😊 I used to get super anxious and chew on my nails too. I started breaking the habit by applying nail polish remover to my nails lol. I'd get grossed out and it would make me stop and think about how bad nail biting really is. I tried to make myself aware of what I was doing and would force myself to keep my hands busy (ex: stress ball, coloring, writing, cleaning...) Eventually I just got over it. Hopefully you find something that works for you! ❤
  • Erin
    Expert bride September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·

    I agree with the other ladies, get your nails professionally done, get tips and bio gel put on. the bio gel helps your nails grow and stay healthy underneath the fake nail. I did this a few months ago because I wanted nice nails for the wedding as well, and my nails are healthy and strong for my wedding manicure!

  • Jen
    Super bride June 2018 Ontario
    Jen ·

    GET YOUR NAILS DONE! Get a gel overlay on your own nails and it will stop you right away! This is what has saved my hands and my nails. I was SOOOO bad for biting everything on my hands.. and I'm a nurse. So I knew I had to stop. I know it's not very "sanitary" to have gel nails as a nurse but with the type of nursing I do it's not bad. I don't really touch my patients ever as I'm just basically there to give out meds. But honestly.. get them done as soon as you can to help save your hands before your big day.

  • Kila
    Frequent user bride September 2018 Ontario
    Kila ·
    Get your nails done professionally . When I get gel nails I am very unlikely to bite . But I get it I donut when I'm nervous!
  • Erin
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
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    Written by Rekramer:

    I file my cuticles down once or twice a week so there's nothing to bite. It also makes my nails much healthier since there is nothing to pick, which makes for a stronger base for shellac as well.

    I will try this.


  • Rekramer
    Devoted bride November 2018 Ontario
    Rekramer ·

    I file my cuticles down once or twice a week so there's nothing to bite. It also makes my nails much healthier since there is nothing to pick, which makes for a stronger base for shellac as well.

  • Chelsea
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
    Chelsea ·

    I only bite my nails if I am super stressed out, but for me having on gel nails with shellac, really helps because I can't actually bite them.

  • Sonja
    Super bride September 2017 Ontario
    Sonja ·

    I've never been a nail biter but I chew on my cuticles. Keeping my nails manicured (I do my own) has helped. I think the acrylic nails would stop the nail biting and if you do them regularly for a few months, you might break the habit.

  • Ashleybride2018
    Devoted bride June 2018 Alberta
    Ashleybride2018 Online ·
    Fake nails did it for me. And even having them for your wedding wouldn't be so bad.
  • Erin
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
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    Written by Alanah:

    This may be dumb but I made a pact with a friend that we would both stop biting our nails. If one of us broke it we had to pay the other money... I haven't bit my nails to this day and that was years ago. I remember when I was a kid my mom used to put this nail polish on my sister's nails that tasted horrible to try to stop her from biting her nails. It didn't work for her but it might work or you I'm pretty sure they still sell it.

    I'm using some of the nasty tasting stuff now but it's not really working. I think I might just start sporting bandaids or tape my fingers.

  • Alanah
    Frequent user bride July 2018 British Columbia
    Alanah ·
    This may be dumb but I made a pact with a friend that we would both stop biting our nails. If one of us broke it we had to pay the other money... I haven't bit my nails to this day and that was years ago. I remember when I was a kid my mom used to put this nail polish on my sister's nails that tasted horrible to try to stop her from biting her nails. It didn't work for her but it might work or you I'm pretty sure they still sell it.
  • Lesley
    Super bride September 2017 Manitoba
    Lesley Online ·

    The only thing that worked for me is keeping my nails painted. At first, I would pick off all the polish and eventually that stopped too. Since the wedding is so soon, I would just give yourself a break and make an appointment to get acrylics for the day and put cuticle cream on your hands every night!

  • Erin
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
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    Written by Andrea:

    I can SO relate to this. I am not a nail biter, but I was a cuticle picker. And I've tried everything to stop...stress balls, fidget toys...I even put Vaseline on my cuticles to moisturize them and make them sticky to the touch to stop myself from touching them...it's like a tactile reminder to keep my nails away from them while I'm at my desk.

    Honestly, the only thing that works for me is to keep acrylics on. They make my nails thicker and I can't pick at things. And you obviously wouldn't be able to bite them! I find that now instead of picking, I tap my nails when I'm stressed (which probably annoys some people, but I'm usually alone when I do it!)

    Find a good clean salon and try getting a pair put on if your budget allows and see if it helps!

    I've tried acrylics before and they do prevent me from picking but they have always been murder on my nails. I also feel like it doesn't really break the habit so much as delay it but thanks for the advice.


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