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How to Stop Biting Nails

You Ask, We Answer: How Can I Stop Biting My Nails?

Not only does biting your nails expose you to unnecessary germs, it can also make nails crack and cause unnecessary wear to your teeth. There's the unsightly aspect about having raggedy, nubby nails, too. Recently, reader ldekosky asked for advice on how to stop biting her nails on the BellaSugar Q and A group in the BellaSugar Community. I think we all have bad beauty habits, but if nail-biting just happens to be one of yours, here are a few tips on how to stop nibbling. Just read more.

  • Cold turkey: If quitting cold turkey is not an option, consider picking one or two nails to safeguard from biting. This way, you'll be able to easily compare how your well-tended nails stack up to the unpleasant bitten ones. Hopefully, this will provide enough incentive on "protecting" the rest by following suit.
  • Distract yourself: Nail-biting is often a cause of stress or boredom, so find a distraction for either your hands or your mouth. Chew gum, suck on a Tootsie Pop, exercise, or file your nails, for instance.
  • Visualize: Many self-help books will tell you to visualize what you want to get results. Picture yourself with gorgeous, nibble-free nails. Get started by taking before pictures of the present state of your nails to remind yourself of what you don't want. And if you really want to delve deeper into the mind, consider hypnosis or a Stop Nail Biting Subliminal CD ($16).
  • Be bitter: Put a halt to the biting by using bad-tasting polishes or flavors, like Barielle's No Bite Pro Growth ($15), Orly's No Bite ($7), or tea tree oil, which helps heal skin, too.
  • Get a manicure: Have your nails polished after a professional manicure or do it at home as incentive for keeping your nails looking pretty — and most importantly, out of your mouth.
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ldekosky ldekosky 7 years
Thanks to everyone!!!!!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I never bit my nails, but I was a cuticle picker. I think habits like this can mostly be chalked up to the need to be moving your hands around or doing something with them (especially when bored or nervous). Well, my cuticles were in a nasty, painful state and my nails were starting to grow with ridges, so instead of picking at them I bought that Healthy Hoof cream and just rubbed them with it every time I felt the urge to pick. I have cuticles now that I haven't seen in nearly a decade. I know nail-biting is different, but is there something else you can find to do with your hands instead of biting the nails? If you have the urge to bring your hand up to your face, maybe start twirling your hair instead? Maybe that's really bad advice because I don't know how much the nail-biting habit differs from what I did haha The fake nail advice also sounds good. Have you tried those products to help you stop that make your fingers taste gross?
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i've also had friends who have succeeded by putting fake nails on - just don't do acrylic nails or anything like that at the salon because they will damage your nails even more when you take them off i also like the manicure keeps me from biting when i have a nice dark polish on!
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 7 years
I bit my nails for the longest time, pretty much my entire life. The ONLY thing that worked for me (and I have now been 6 years without biting) is to put fake nails on. Seriously, it works! I bought those 'french manicure' fake nails at the store, stuck them on and they looked natural (so it didn't look gross) and you don't want to bite the nasty plastic, so you just stop doing it. Eventually, your nails get grown out underneath the fake nails and you can get a manicure and voila! You have your own real long nails. They will look so nice that you won't want to bite them anymore.
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