I have had many nail biters come through my station over the years. Some so sore and severely bitten that you would think there is no help for them!
How can I stop biting my nails? If you or someone you know is suffering from this nasty little habit, please have a read. I would like to break down the reasons why I think gel polish or gel nails could be the answer.
Though, I do not bite my nails, I know from others that they find the act very satisfying or even soothing to some degree. When they get nervous, excited or just zoned out watching TV, they are getting some form of pleasure or satisfaction from this experience.
Now, let’s add four layers of gel polish on the nail. The texture certainly isn’t the same. Your brain then becomes more aware and you are not really able to zone out anymore. Instantly drawing attention to what you are doing. Hopefully resulting in you ripping you finger out of you mouth.
Plus, this thicker nail is going to require work to get through. And Let’s face it, you’re not biting your nails for exercise. You do it because its mindless and easy.
So hopefully you aren’t getting the same satisfaction out of this experience, therefore, you will find the nibbling to be less and less.
I Paid Money Honey:
This one I find is a real mind bender. My personal fave! On average my clients will pay anywhere from $50-$90 for a set of nails. Depending on the work I am doing. The absolute last thing you or I would want is for you to go home and bite off your nails. You just paid good money for those! It took me two hours to hook you up 😉
Adding a monetary value to nail-biting is huge. Now it instantly becomes redundant to waste your money on something you are just going to destroy. This is really effective I find when trying to break you of the habit. The more you attack the nails the more expensive they will be for you to have me fix.
We both work very hard for our money and our time is equally, if not more valuable. You do not want to be wasting your time and money coming to me every week and a half for fixes.
They Just Look So Gosh Darn Pretty:
I know my nail biters out there wish they could stop, just like with any bad habit.
Most will experience pain, swelling and even blood. Once we have made the commitment and done the work to make these sore nails look and feel better, you are so relieved, literally the pain subsides as the nail bed is now protected.
You spend the next little while so in love with your new nails. So happy that you can look down and see ‘normal’ fingers. Not to mention the compliments from friends and even strangers. I mean, a girl could get used to this, right?!
The nails are feeling good, they are looking good, and you are starting to feeling more confident. It now is even more unlikely you will ruin something that makes you feel so wonderful.
If you have been a nail biter for years chances are you have quite short nails and are used to them that way. It may take a bit for you to now get used to having a little bit of length added to the nail. Please do not be discouraged if you are breaking a couple in the first week or so. There wasn’t much of a foundation to start with when building the nails. So for added strength it may take a couple weeks to get a little length under the gel to help with stability.
Also, if you lose a nail the temptation is HUGE to nibble away on the freshly exposed nail. I see this all the time. It will usually take a few months of consistent nail fills before you can trick the brain to leave them alone.
Likely, if you are a nail biter you have been for most of you life. So please don’t expect the results to be instant. They say it takes an average of 21 days to break a habit. Patience is key*
How can I stop biting my nails? This might take a little time and investment on your end but, when you are ready to make the change and ditch this nagging habit, I really think that a simple gel polish or set of gel nails will get you on the right track!
It is true. It does exist. I have seen it with my own eyes. You can free yourself of this and have the beautiful nails you have always dreamed of!!
Please share or comment if you or someone you know has been battling this habit. Gosh, it really is more common that you would imagine and just takes a small investment to turn things around.
My son even is struggling with this at the moment, but unfortunately he won’t let me do his nails!
Thanks for reading.
Good luck out there,
Cheyanne – The Nail Lamp Tramp