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Hi there Anon!
Well first of all, I can say that nail biting is a MASSIVE problem among a couple of my friends, and they all have different ways to combat it. Heck, I even bit my nails as a kid and I only kicked that habit in my teens because I started getting into wacky nail polish and design!
Nail biting and slow growing nails go hand in hand, so its best to combat them both together.
A good start is to determine why and when you’re nail biting. For example, you may be biting your nails when you are stressed (this is a very common one). This means you should find something different to do with your hands/mouth, for example, chewing gum or stretching out an old hair elastic. I even carry cuticle cream/oil or a nail file with me as a distraction and just whip one out if the mood to bite or stress out takes me. Another common time in which people bite nails is in their sleep. So to prevent this, wearing gloves or mittens is an option to stop yourself. This may seem weird, but it works if you’re a particular night time chewer, and nothing is better than a barrier to stop you chewing.
The main method I have heard for stopping biting nails is a nail polish that tastes awful and puts you off biting them for good. ‘Stop & Grow’ is a brand name product that does just that, normally around £5 from a regular drug store. It doesn’t look like you have anything on them AND it doesn’t smell, which is a main concern with these products. The success with these is varied, and by no means guaranteed because a lot of people I know have gotten used to the bitter taste and bite anyway. But its definitely worth trying, because just as many people have success as failure with it.
The next option is simple - a good, frequently applied manicure. And I don’t just mean putting polish on your nails. Don’t get me wrong, a bangin’ design and paint job will make you want to keep them and the polish will act as a preventative and remind you not to bite them, but the cuticle oil and cream will make cuticles and nails healthier and stronger. Pushing your cuticles back also is a quick way to tidy up and lengthen the nail but NEVER cut cuticles - this only slows nail growth down even further. File your nails so they are less liable to break, even if you have trimmed them with clippers - because even trimmed they are liable to snag and break. However, when filing only do this in one direction - I cannot emphasise this enough because the sawing motion of going back and forth only worsens imperfections and nail breaks, and drags layers apart making them more prone to breaking.
You can even go a step further than this and get a set of false nails at a salon - not only have you spent money on the manicure so you’ll be less inclined to bite, the thick layer of gel (I definitely recommend the gel over acrylic because acrylic involves filing the nail bed which weakens the nails) will act as a thick barrier between your teeth on your nails.
Finally - keep a nail diary! As you start the process of growing out your nails and getting them in top shape take a pic every week or couple of days to see how far you’ve come. You can do it!!!
Hope this helps!
Hi Anon! Thanks for the love first of all!
I own a lot of nail polish. I mean at last count I think I was looking at around 250-300, and that was a while back. And of course, this is always growing (contrary to what my bank balance wants…)
I think my favourite cheapie brand is Barry M. The colours are great for designs, because there are a lot of primary colours and a lot of variation, for example they will have pastel, medium, and darker hues of most colours which is great for adding depth. In the UK These run at around £2.99-£3.99.
My favourite medium level drug store brand is Sally Hansen. these are lot cheaper in america, but herein the UK they fall in around the £7 range. These aren’t really your basic colours brand but more for you glitters because they have some really original combinations, such as ‘Mermaid’s Tale’. Another medium level brand is Milani, and just like Sally Hansen these have fantastic glitter combinations, but these would have to be purchased of amazon if you were a UK resident.
My top level pic is easily Nails Inc. In the UK these can be purchased online or in store for £11-£12 but every so often (including today in fact!) They run a ‘lucky dip’ for around £20 in which you get seven polishes, and they also have a ‘Get it or Regret It’ section online which has a great selection of reduced price polishes. Nails Inc is great for both the primary colours and some great glitter combinations, but as i said they run at the more pricey end of the spectrum.
There are a lot of great cheaper and more expensive brands, and in all honesty as long as you have a solid top and base coat, and a good set of brushes for design, you can’t go wrong! Hope this helped!