For as long as I can remember, I have always bitten my nails. So trust me when I say, it's a BITCH of a habit to break. But, since my nails are somewhat decent these days, I thought it was only right to share my secrets on how to stop for good!

Get Shellac

This is absolutely the key to it for me. Considering I can't bite shellac off - and it's reasonably good for strengthening your nails - paying $40 to get it done was worth it for me. Once your nails gain a bit of length, you won't want to bite them anymore.

Anti-Biting Paints

These work, but the taste lingers forever and it's disgusting. My tip is to use a nail strengthener like Herome, as it contains formaldehyde. This way, you won't just not want to bite your nails, you know you'll make yourself sick if you succumb.

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Distract Your Hands

One of the best tips I ever got was to wear a worry bead bracelet and rings that I could play with instead. A lot of the habit stems from having something to do with your hands, so give them something to do that isn't tearing off your nails.

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Invest in a Good Quality Nail File

I had the manicare crystal nail file for YEARS, and it helped. Such a beautiful nail file really was wasted on bitten nails, so I grew them out for the sole purpose of using the file. Petty? Absolutely. Did it work? You bet.

Paint Your Nails Frequently and Well

Spend time painting your nails, and change up the colour every few days. This means you won't want to bite them, as you put so much effort into making them look nice. Check out my favourite colours of the moment here :)

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Consciously Try to Break the Habit

Try and realise why you do it. Is it stress? Is it just habit? Why do you bite your nails? Keep  track of when you have the urge to do it to find out, then you can fix that part of your life.

I hope this was helpful!

 

Zoe x

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Published by Zoe Taylor