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So you’re a nail biter. Yeah, me too. I’ve been biting my nails for as long as I can remember. Despite my social butterfly exterior, on the interior I’m quite the nervous nellie. How I became this way I do not know, but what I do know is, I cope with this nervousness by nail biting.

I was bad when it came to this. I would bite, pick and peel them. When I drew blood I vowed to stop but it wouldn’t last long. I was embarrassed by my hands, always hiding them. But it took one chance event that would change my nail biting urge forever….ok, for the last 30 plus days.

So how did I overcome my urge for nail biting, and how can these tips help you?

I got a mani

This is how it started. I found myself in a pickle last month as I needed get some professional photos taken of me for business purposes. The photographer told me, “Val get your nails done because your nails now are not gonna cut it.” So I took my ass to a neighborhood spot over on Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn and got a mani.

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While I wasn’t feeling my mani at all that didn’t stop something from triggering in me to decide from that moment on I would STOP biting my nails.

Listen, I’ve been making this same pledge for about 30 years and I only managed it once for my wedding in 2008. Sadly my newly grown nails wouldn’t see my honeymoon as I clipped them off before the end of the night.

So why the sudden change now? For one, I overall liked the way my hands looked. I had grown woman hands and it completed the look of my hand with my wedding ring. Secondly, after two weeks with the silk wraps I was able to overcome the feeling that comes along with having nails. It’s a weightiness and the ability to feel the nail on the tips of my fingers. It’s this feeling (along with that nervous inner voice) which causes me to peel and clip my nails. But because I had spent money to get my nails done I was less inclined to pick at them, although I did Google ‘how to remove silk wraps’.

But I stayed the course and kept them for a full two weeks and removed them as I saw it was time to let them go. Now the true test would begin. Besides mani’s, what other ways could I keep my nail biting tick at bay?

Paint my nails

The first thing I did after removing the tips was file my nails and paint them. I used Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Hardner (cause that’s all I had), and they looked good. But something was missing. So I decided to shop for some nail color. It’s fall so I chose Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in two shades: Blackjack and Queen of Hearts and after a couple of applications my nails looked fantastic! It’s amazing how much growth one can get over 14 days.

With them freshly painted I knew I didn’t wanna do anything to fuck them up. So I became more mindful of the activities I was doing so I wouldn’t chip them. I had the urge to pick at them but how shiny and healthy my hands looked kept me from getting my clippers.

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Keep my hands busy

If you’re looking to keep your nails intact then you need to keep your hands busy. I have a fidget spinner that I keep at my desk and when I feel the urge to pick at my nails, which is all the time, I whip out my spinner and give it a whirl. It gives my hands the needed distraction that will deter me from focusing on my nails.

Keep my nails manageable

I plan on keeping my nails around this length. The shorter they are the less maintenance I will have. But if they get longer they’ll be come a distraction. I’m already finding myself obsess over how my thumb nail clicks against my phone screen. There’s something about that sound that intrigues me. Also, by keeping my nails at a certain length means I can continue to do my own mani’s in between salon visits.

Remember to take my vitamins

The day after I got the silk wraps I carried my ass down to Target for some Hair, Nail and Skin vitamins. I got the gummy kind as those are the only ones I will remember to take, cause candy. These 3 little gummy squares a day is giving my body the extra boost of vitamins it needs to keep my hair healthy, my skin clear and my nails super strong.

Take it one day at a time

The fact is while your nails grow quickly, it will take time to get them where you want them. So instead of worrying about how much time it will take for your nails can touch your palms when clenching a fist, celebrate not being able to remember when you last clipped and picked with your nails.

Are you ready to take the challenge?

So if you’re ready to end your nail biting urges join me on my 30 Day Nail Biting Challenge. Just because I made it 30 days so far that doesn’t mean I’m completely out of the woods. This simple calendar (which is downloadable) will keep you on track of your progress. Cross out each day you keep your nails intact. Celebrate your milestone at the end of the month.

Click to download printable copy. 

Be sure to stop back here to share your progress.

15 comments on “I Quit Nail Biting After 30 Years, And With These Easy Tips You’ll Stop Too!”

  1. Great tip to take vitamins and I am a nail bitter to even with a mani! Cringe !! I use to even bite off the acrylics probably doing my teeth and real nails more damage! Your nails look lovely painted though. Morgan XX

  2. I stopped biting nails after. 30+ years of doing so mostly because of a relationship but the positive result remained even after we broke up! Your tips were great! I don’t get mania often but I do paint my nails myself. Great post!

  3. I’m a nail biter. So the only time I don’t bite my nails is before a trip because I know they need to grow out in order to get my gel manicure. I;m not nervous, I think I bite my nails out of habit.

  4. It always helps to find something else to do, which is why fidget spinners are so popular. You can get your nails done (much prettier than just twirling a fidget spinner around.)

  5. Oh my goodness I needed this! It’s one of the topics I talk about on my blog too. I’m a lifelong nailbiter and go through long periods of no biting with gorgeous nails. Well, I’ve been biting my nails for the last 3 years, it started after my grandmother’s funeral and I just haven’t been able to get consistently back on track. I’m gonna try some of your tips. Thanks!

  6. Your nails look great! I was a nail biter growing up and having nail polish was one of the things that made me quit. Now I just need to figure out how to get my boys to stop!

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