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Thursday, 26 June 2014

how to stop biting your nails

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I bite my nails - I have done for as long as I can remember. I also have a nasty habit of picking the skin around my nails whenever I’m feeling nervous. I hate it, absolutely hate it. It’s one of those things where I wish I could stop but I just cant. I’ve tried and tried but nothing has helped. Today I thought I’d talk you through some methods that might work for you!

Fake Nails

Acrylic nails and I have a love hate relationship. I love having them but hate that they make my nails weak. If you did want to use fake nails then I recommend press on’s as you can get some pretty good press on’s these days. Opt for the sticky tabbed backed ones rather than glue on ones so that the nail isn’t being damaged.

Gel Manicure

I’ve had one gel manicure before and I really liked it. It did stop me nibbling my nails but they were incredibly tempting to pick off once they started to grow out. Gel manicures keep the nails strong, hard and perfect looking. They can be pretty pricey too but they do look so good.

Nasty Nail Polish

I remember my mum dipping my fingers in those god-awful tasting pots that make your nails taste horrible. These days you can get special nail polishes that have that horrible taste. Every time you go to nibble a nail you’ll be presented with that disgusting bitter taste.

Tell yourself No

Try to stop for a second before biting your nails and think about what you are doing. Identify the triggers that are causing you to bite your nails. Pay attention to the things that make you want to bite your nails and try and avoid them as much as you can. Once you figure out whats causing it then it’s a starting point to start dealing with it.


While I feel like it’s impossible to quit I hope that at least one person might be helped with the methods that I’ve tried over the years!

35 comments

  1. such good tips! I have friends who really want to stop biting their nails so definitely going to pass this on :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  2. I have this habit to and I hate it, I normally go through phases of biting them, then phases of not where I bite them when I am stressed. To stop I just paint them really well and really nice so I look at them and I go wow, they look good and it motivates me to not feel like I have to bite them. So that's my tip if anyone wanted to know! :)

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  3. I'm the same as you Lily, nail biter since I was a kid and they are so disgusting now I get embarrassed if anyone catches them without falsies on. They grew loads when I had acrylics for years but as soon as I had them off, I bit them down again. It's such a hard thing to stop!! x

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  4. I have the same habit, where I just love to bite my nails. But I've also found out just having nail polish on, prevents some of the nail biting. Might not help for everybody, but it sure helped me.

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  5. I might pass this onto some friends! I've never had the habit myself but have quite a few friends that do.

    The Sunday Chapter
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  6. I am so bad at this! I let my nails grow till they are fairly long then bite them! I always do it when I'm bored. I think my tip is to try and keep yourself busy,

    Laura xx

    maquillagemagic.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I used to bite my nails for years. I stopped after I had acrylics. The nails were so weak after the acrylics were taken off but so long! I used a strengthening base coat for a few weeks and kept filing rather than cutting them until they were stronger. Painting them with colours helped too as I didn't want to ruin my mani. Now I don't have the urge at all although I do nibble the skin:( Emma.x

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  8. hahaha
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  9. i've been lucky enough to be gifted with strong and well shaped nails so i've never had to bite mine:) my brother did though and he was forever putting on stop n grow!

    love Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

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  10. Every time I get a gel manicure (or any manicure) I notice that I really bit my nails a lot less :)
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

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  11. I used to bite my nails but then I started making an effort to always have nicely manicured nails so I wouldn't be so tempted! I find that my main trigger is nails breaking because I'm an 'aesthetic biter' so I'll have the urge to bite them back into shape... gel nails have really helped me with that because they keep my nails from breaking and I do them at home with the sensationail kit so it's not expensive at all :)

    www.livinglifeindocs.com

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  12. I bit my nails for as long as I can remember, I had acrylics for 3/4 years none stop, then one day (January this year) I tallied up how much per year I was spending on maintaining acrylics and it made me stop! (used to spend £20 a month on infills) Have grown them ever since, and now they are long and lovely and I can paint them to my hearts desire at home!

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  13. I have bitten my nails since forever, and now I pretty much always wear fake nails because it's the only way I won't bite them!

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. It's so good that you can get nail varnish that has that taste in it now! It used to drive me insane as a kid too x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter | Topshop & Asos Haul

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  15. I quite cold turkey, i was sick of getting hang nails and painful bitting to close to my nail bed.

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  16. I bit mine for years then stopped but I go through phases of having super long strong nails for a couple of years then biting them right down. It's so annoying and I hate the look of them when I bite them. Wish I could stop it all together.

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  17. I think fake nails are the best tip! They prevent you biting your actualy nails and trick you into thinking your biting your own! x

    BerrieBlogs {beauty and lifestyle blog}

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  18. I bit my nails for 22 years and I realised once that I had just stopped. No reason. Wasn't even trying to. I just stopped. I love giving myself manicures now and I've not bitten them since.

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    Sophie

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  19. When I was younger I used to bite my nails and the skin around them, until I finally noticed that my teeth were getting weaker and would chip now and again :( I used some of that horrible nail varnish and I haven't bitten my nails since!

    www.rhi-rhixox.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. Great tips, I managed to kick biting my nails in my early teens but I still pick around the skin and I hate it, definitely going to try some press on nails :) x

    EmmiHearts

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  21. I've alway bitten my nails and it's such a bad habit! I like to watch nail videos on YouTube or look at pictures of nail art to get me motivated to grow my nails. x

    Anon Style

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  22. I definitely need to try this! It is terrible habit that needs to stop! x

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  23. I was an awful nail biter. When I decided that I was tired of the aching fingers that goes with it I started painting my nails with cheap dark nail polishes that chipped easily. It sounds mad but I hated the thought of having big gross chunks of nail polish stuck in my teeth so much that it really helped when the fingers went in for a chew!! I do still pick and bite the skin around my nails, and if I get a snag on my nail and have no file there is a good chance it will be chewed to within an inch of its life. But even so at least I can wear pretty polishes now on long nails and not the little stumps that were before :)

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  24. great tips! I have a terrible habit of biting my nails when I'm nervous, definitely going to put these tips into practise x

    Ciara | Ciara Pocket

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  25. I do love acrylics but my nails are still recovering form when I had them on in April!

    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. i'm the same with squeezing spots, i now just get over my subconscious and tell myself to walk away. It works and you feel better !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. I was a die hard acrylic wearer for YEARS because I too bite my nails! I ended up removing them because it had been years and I thought I'd maybe give my nails a chance to breathe. Since I can't handle the look of dirt underneath my fingernails and I was still biting, *insert nails strips here*...I tried using the nail polish strips and I didn't find they would last on my "beat up" nails...then I came across the nail appliques which are basically nail stickers that you file off like the polish strips. FINALLY, without even realizing it I have stopped biting my nails, I would say, 90%! I still put them in my mouth out of habit or "play" with them, but this has made a HUGE difference for me! :) Good luck!

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  28. I have the same problem! I really only chew the skin around my nails (that sounds SO nasty blech) but am really unable to stop :/

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  29. Handcream is helpful. I apply it loads and now no longer bite my nails. It tastes foul. As well as nail polish remover if your nails arent painted.. but it can dry them out. Urgh..

    Lizzums x
    http://benebelle.com

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  30. This is SO useful!! xo

    Aliona | fromalionawithlove.com

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  31. Great post! I found that if I continually kept my nails painted and looking "pretty" I would notice if I was biting them and not want to mess up the polish, and eventually kicked the habit!

    Alexandra // http://alexandraowl.com

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  32. i really struggle with this! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  33. Great post:)
    www.tiateilli.blog.com

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  34. I am an avid nail bitter and swear by, your current life status DOES affect your nail growth. Recently on a holiday away with no stress and bliss everyday, my nails grew like wild fire and since getting back I've managed to continue growing them. This past 2 weeks my mother has been on holiday and im arranging to move house, suffice to say this started my nail bitting again.

    I am yet to try the false nail technique so may now give this a go! Inspiring post!

    www.lovefromlucky.blogspot.com

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  35. Great tips! I have found that just telling myself NO when I find myself biting, I can get my nails to grow, all the other methods never seem to work for me :(

    ANIKA MILLER // UK FASHION AND STYLE BLOG

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