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How To Stop Biting Your Nails πŸ™…πŸ’…πŸ˜

posted in Various
12/04/2014
  • Nail biting is a bad habit that can not only make your hands look unsightly, but if you bite your nails badly enough, you can permanently damage your nails, teeth, or even your gums. If you wear your teeth down more than about 1 mm, you will wear down a tooth all the way through the enamel layer.
    Nail biting is a bad habit that can not only make your hands look unsightly, but if you bite your nails badly enough, you can permanently damage your nails, teeth, or even your gums. If you wear your teeth down more than about 1 mm, you will wear down a tooth all the way through the enamel layer.
  • Method 1

  • 1) Put adhesive bandages over your nails. Cover your nail with the pad of the bandage.
    1) Put adhesive bandages over your nails. Cover your nail with the pad of the bandage.
  • 2) Keep the bandages on everyday. You can apply fresh bandages every time you shower, or every few days. You can remove them for a special occasion, or choose to keep them on so you look silly during the occasion and are even more motivated to stop biting your nails.
    2) Keep the bandages on everyday. You can apply fresh bandages every time you shower, or every few days. You can remove them for a special occasion, or choose to keep them on so you look silly during the occasion and are even more motivated to stop biting your nails.
  • 3) After a few weeks, take off the adhesive bandages.
    3) After a few weeks, take off the adhesive bandages.
  • 4) Notice how much better your nails look. If you start biting your nails again, put the adhesive bandages back on.
    4) Notice how much better your nails look. If you start biting your nails again, put the adhesive bandages back on.
  • Method 2

  • 1) Pick at least one nail to "protect" at a time.
    1) Pick at least one nail to "protect" at a time.
  • 2) Go a few days without biting that nail.
    2) Go a few days without biting that nail.
  • 3) Notice how much better that nail looks than the others. After a few days, a non-bitten nail will grow. Do not bite it. If you must, bite one of the 'unprotected' ones. Sometimes it helps knowing that you have another nail to bite, even if you don't actually  nibble at any unprotected ones
    3) Notice how much better that nail looks than the others. After a few days, a non-bitten nail will grow. Do not bite it. If you must, bite one of the 'unprotected' ones. Sometimes it helps knowing that you have another nail to bite, even if you don't actually nibble at any unprotected ones
  • 4) Pick another nail to stop biting. Once you have grown your non-bitten nail for a while, start protecting another one. And another.
    4) Pick another nail to stop biting. Once you have grown your non-bitten nail for a while, start protecting another one. And another.
  • 5) Continue the process until you have successfully avoided biting all of your nails. If you ever really feel the urge to bite your nails, focus on just one nail to bite.
    5) Continue the process until you have successfully avoided biting all of your nails. If you ever really feel the urge to bite your nails, focus on just one nail to bite.
  • Method 3

  • 1) Find a habit to take the place of nail biting. Whenever you have the urge to bite, do that instead. Some people like to drum their fingers, twiddle their thumbs, clasp their hands, put their hands in their pockets, or just stare at their hands. Just make sure it's not a bad habit!
    1) Find a habit to take the place of nail biting. Whenever you have the urge to bite, do that instead. Some people like to drum their fingers, twiddle their thumbs, clasp their hands, put their hands in their pockets, or just stare at their hands. Just make sure it's not a bad habit!
  • 2) Distract your hands by taking up a hobby. Not only will the new hobby keep you from biting your nails, but you could also discover a new passion at the same time.
    2) Distract your hands by taking up a hobby. Not only will the new hobby keep you from biting your nails, but you could also discover a new passion at the same time.
  • 3) Keep your mouth busy. Though you should avoid developing a serious new oral fixation, a few small tricks can keep your mouth busy and will cut down on the amount of time you spent biting your nails.
    3) Keep your mouth busy. Though you should avoid developing a serious new oral fixation, a few small tricks can keep your mouth busy and will cut down on the amount of time you spent biting your nails.
  • Method 4

  • 1) Paint a nibble inhibitor on your nails to discourage yourself from chewing them. Bitrex is a chemical that is put in products to make them taste foul, obtained from your local pharmacy.
    1) Paint a nibble inhibitor on your nails to discourage yourself from chewing them. Bitrex is a chemical that is put in products to make them taste foul, obtained from your local pharmacy.
  • 2) Apply the solution to your nails several times a day.
    2) Apply the solution to your nails several times a day.
  • 3) Carry some solution with you at all times.
    3) Carry some solution with you at all times.
  • 4) If you get used to the taste of the solution, try using a different solution.
    4) If you get used to the taste of the solution, try using a different solution.
  • 5) Continue to apply the solution when you stop biting your nails. Even if you've stopped biting your nails, you can keep the solution around as a trophy. If you're ever tempted to bite your nails in the future, then you can smell the solution to remind yourself of how unpleasant the experience was.
    5) Continue to apply the solution when you stop biting your nails. Even if you've stopped biting your nails, you can keep the solution around as a trophy. If you're ever tempted to bite your nails in the future, then you can smell the solution to remind yourself of how unpleasant the experience was.
  • Method 5

  • 1)Cover your nails with nail polish. Try a bold color like red, or a color like black that will look silly if it's chipped because you're biting your nails. If you don't like color, polish them and apply some shine and growth promoter or petroleum jelly. It's harder to bite nails that are pretty!
    1)Cover your nails with nail polish. Try a bold color like red, or a color like black that will look silly if it's chipped because you're biting your nails. If you don't like color, polish them and apply some shine and growth promoter or petroleum jelly. It's harder to bite nails that are pretty!
  • 2) Wear fake nails. This is another great way to keep your nails covered. Get your nails professionally manicured, which involves getting acrylics glued to your nails. They last for ages and when you get them taken off, you will have your real natural nails underneath.
    2) Wear fake nails. This is another great way to keep your nails covered. Get your nails professionally manicured, which involves getting acrylics glued to your nails. They last for ages and when you get them taken off, you will have your real natural nails underneath.
  • 3) Cover your nails by wearing gloves. Keep gloves in your back pocket and wear them when you want to bite. This will motivate you even more if it's the middle of summer and you look ridiculous wearing gloves.
    3) Cover your nails by wearing gloves. Keep gloves in your back pocket and wear them when you want to bite. This will motivate you even more if it's the middle of summer and you look ridiculous wearing gloves.
  • Method 6
    Maintaining healthy nailsπŸ’…

  • 1) Treat yourself to a manicure as often as you can. You have earned a manicure for reaching your goal to stop biting your nails. Once your nails are in great shape, you should focus on keeping them that way, and the best way to show off your shiny new nails is to get a manicure.
    1) Treat yourself to a manicure as often as you can. You have earned a manicure for reaching your goal to stop biting your nails. Once your nails are in great shape, you should focus on keeping them that way, and the best way to show off your shiny new nails is to get a manicure.
  • 2) Keep your nails relatively short. A simple manicure can help maintain your healthy nails, and so will keeping them relatively short and preventing yourself from biting them more.
    2) Keep your nails relatively short. A simple manicure can help maintain your healthy nails, and so will keeping them relatively short and preventing yourself from biting them more.
  • 3) Push your cuticles back from time to time. Many nail-biters do not have "moons" on the base of their fingernails because their cuticles have not been pushed back. To do this, gently push your cuticles towards your finger to reveal more of your nail. This is easier to do after a shower.
    3) Push your cuticles back from time to time. Many nail-biters do not have "moons" on the base of their fingernails because their cuticles have not been pushed back. To do this, gently push your cuticles towards your finger to reveal more of your nail. This is easier to do after a shower.
  • 4)Maintain a healthy diet. A healthy diet will help you feel better overall & will help your nails repair & grow well. Eat calcium & magnesium rich foods so that your nails will repair & grow well. Your body bites your nails b/c it's missing calcium & magnesium. Your body needs that back.
    4)Maintain a healthy diet. A healthy diet will help you feel better overall & will help your nails repair & grow well. Eat calcium & magnesium rich foods so that your nails will repair & grow well. Your body bites your nails b/c it's missing calcium & magnesium. Your body needs that back.
  • 5) Celebrate your nail success. Don't be afraid to show off your new nails to your friends, or even to people you don't know very well. Show them your hands and say, "Can you believe I used to have a nail-biting problem?"
    5) Celebrate your nail success. Don't be afraid to show off your new nails to your friends, or even to people you don't know very well. Show them your hands and say, "Can you believe I used to have a nail-biting problem?"
  • 6) Keep your nails healthy. Regularly wash your hands, use cuticle oil, and use shine and growth promoter.
    6) Keep your nails healthy. Regularly wash your hands, use cuticle oil, and use shine and growth promoter.

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