Biting your nails is not only painful and uncomfortable, it’s also a very difficult habit to break. Most people who bite their nails don’t even notice they are doing it until they fingertips are raw and their cuticles look and feel a mess. But as with other habits, there are ways to stop yourself and learn to keep your nails safe.
Keep Your Nails Short
Long nails are irresistible if you are a nervous nail bitter, and until you have abandoned this particular habit you are better off keeping them short and neat. But short doesn’t mean “super short” either. Give your nails some love and use a nail file to avoid hard edges and keep them looking tidy.
Use Anti-bite Products
There are times when you don’t even notice you are biting your nails. Maybe you are distracted or stressed out, and before you know it you have bitten your nails to the finger. There are products that are designed specifically to stop you from biting your nails. And we aren’t talking about gloves here!
They look and feel similar to a transparent nail polish, and are usually applied to your nails every couple of days. Many have ingredients that strengthen and thicken the nails to help them look better. But that’s not the reason why they work…
They work by tasting disgusting. Bitter and absolutely disgusting. There is no way you can ignore that, and it makes biting your nails absent mindedly much less satisfying.
Give Yourself An At Home Manicure
If every time you look at your nails you see a salon worthy manicure, you will think twice before nibbling on them and destroying all your hard work. It doesn’t even need to be colorful or attention grabbing! A nude manicure or french tips look just like your nails but better, and both styles are 100% compatible with the most conservative work environments.
If you are not convinced about regular nail polish, consider getting a set of gel or acrylic nails at a salon instead. Acrylic and gel nails are very strong and hard to bite. The only problem you can find is that you may end up replacing biting your nails with picking at your acrylics and peeling them off your nails. This is not a good thing, and can really damage your nail.
If you are biting your nails due to stress or nervousness the best way to stop nail bitting is eliminating those stress factors. However, that is easier said than done! Meanwhile, the strategies in this article should help you control the habit and reduce nail bitting or even eliminate it altogether.
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