I am going to hope that I am not the only habitual nail biter out there. I know there has to be others out there that suffer from the constant impulse to bite our nails. Here’s the good news — there are tips and tricks available that will help curb the desire to bite your nails and leave you with really pretty hands that you’ll want to show off with an assortment of rings or bright nail polish.
Whether the trait of nail biting is positively identified as genetic, I do firmly believe I got the habit from my Mom (sorry for outing you!). For as long as I can remember, anytime I got stressed, anxious, nervous, etc my go-to behavior was to bite my nails. It wasn’t until about 5-6 years ago that I really just became obsessed with wanting to curb this habit and have pretty nails. It’s not pretty to look at chewed nails… it’s not.
Over time I think I’ve got a pretty firm handle on what I need to do to resist biting my nails and keep them looking strong and presentable. Unfortunately I do have to report that I went from one bad habit to another. Instead of always biting my nails (I do relapse), I turned to biting the inside of my cheeks and lips. It’s just as bad and I haven’t yet figured out the solution to this issue.
Anyways, back on track to sharing with you my tips for curing the habitual nail biting:
1) Always carry a nail file with you. These days they make super cute files with holders and even mini nail files that can be tucked away in every purse pocket, office drawer, car cubby and more. The second you notice a rough edge on your nail, file in smooth. This dramatically reduces the chances of biting your nail to “fix the problem.”
2) Invest in multiple bottles of hand lotion and place them everywhere. The second our hands get dry, our cuticles get worse and the biting begins. Plus, who wants to bite a nail that’s just be slathered in lotion? Yuck.
3) Make Vitamin E sticks your new best friend. I find them at beauty supply stores (Ulta) and even Target. They are perfect for quickly applying a smooth layer over rough cuticles and with repetitive applications, result in soft skin that you would never dare put your teeth to.
4) Cuticle Oil is another fantastic option to keep in stock. I usually apply this right after I get out of the shower because the hot water tends to dry out my skin more. Plus, since it is an oil, I like to only use this when I’m going to be either applying my makeup or working at the computer. Trying to do this in the car or on the go would just be a mess in my opinion.
5) Nail glue. We all know that splits happen in our nails but for us biters, it’s game over. As soon as possible after a split happens in the nail, I apply a small amount of glue to it and let dry. Not only do you get to keep your beautiful nail intact, but you’ve just saved yourself from a catastrophic nail biting session that leaves you far worse of an outcome.
6) Sally Hansen’s Maximum Growth. This is the miracle worker. I swear by this polish being the #1 thing that has gotten me from ugly nails to really pretty, strong nails that don’t have to be covered up by bright polish. The first day, I will apply 2 coats and then 1 coat thereafter every other day. Eventually it will peel off and you start over. The result is strong nails that look so good and you’re so proud of them that you constantly want to show them off. If you’re like me, even a glossy sheen deters me from wanting to bite my nails.
PLAIN, UNPOLISHED NAILS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE BITEN. There I said it. Once you’ve got a good handle on the quality of your nails, then start to use this as a base coat for other nail polish.
7) Once you’ve worked all these previous tips and you now have nice nails, then start to treat yourself to professional manicures. I love to go with a bold pop of color when possible and it helps resist the urge to pick a them. I also love the strength of gel polish and it resists all temptations to bite your nails all while lasting a few weeks. This is my reward only when I’ve accomplished creating beautiful nails by not biting them, picking at the cuticles, etc.
I hope these tips help encourage you to resist the temptation to bite your nails and leave you with gorgeous, strong nails that you’re proud to show off! Let me know if it works for you!
Keep Living a Stylized Life.