If you read my post ’Get to know me: 15 facts’ then you know I used to bite my nails.. Badly.. And if you didn’t, yes I used to bite my nails until they were all horrible.
My mam always told me that even as a baby I always put my fingers in my mouth and as soon as I could bite my nails- I did. This actually carried on into my childhood and teenage years. Even at 17 I was still a very stubborn bitter, who simply couldn’t stop the habit. I’m not saying that I wasn’t ashamed of it or that I wasn’t hiding my hands so that people wouldn’t see. I’m saying that it’s a habit that is very hard to kick.
Why do people bite their nails? I couldn’t tell you. Some people do it because they’re stressed, others because they’re bored. I can’t exactly pin point as to why I did, because to me it’s something I’ve always done. One thing I am sure of is how badly it damages your nails.
How bad of a bitter I was? Well… at one stage I managed to have literally a hole in my nail. How? No idea but it hurt for a while. I would have my nails bleeding on numerous occasions and most of the time at least one nail would be sore. Yeah, I was actually this bad.
Over the last few years I think I’ve tried literally everything to stop the habit. But nothing really worked until I met my nail technician.
At first I was trying the ‘choose one nail’ method where you’re supposed to pick a nail that you won’t touch while you can do whatever with the rest. Then after say 3/4 days or a week you choose another nail and now you’re keeping 2 safe. You’re supposed to continue this until all ten are chosen, marked, safe, whatever you want to call it. As you can guess this didn’t work for me but give it a try because hey, it could work for you.
‘Paint your nails, you won’t want to ruin your work’, while this might work for a lot of people it definitely didn’t work for me. Seeing something new, colourful, etc on my nails made me want to put them in my mouth even more and this is exactly what you don’t want when trying to stop biting your nails!
Then of course there’s the nail polishes which are supposed to make you stop biting your nails. I mean, they’re awful. They have this disgusting bitter taste when you bite your nail but hey, that goes away after a few seconds and you get used to it easily. Definitely another miss for me.
Turning to gel nails was the last possible option for me. I tried them on few occasions before but always ended up biting them off after +/- 2 weeks. Now, I’m not saying you should go get gel nails and you’ll stop biting your nails but that’s what worked for me.
**I’m not a nail technician so this is just my knowledge and could be wrong.**
You can get your nails extended on a tip (a plastic nail tip is stuck to your nail) or on a form (a sticker is applied around the tip of your nail and the gel is used to extend your nail, so that basically your nail extension is all gel without using the plastic tip). I’ve had both done and the ‘tip’ ones were always off within 2 weeks, where as the ‘form’ ones stayed on for at least a month. (even with my biting mastered) But again all of this depends on the nail technician and I was just lucky to find one who could take care of my nails and help me kick the awful habit!
I got my nails done on the form with her on a couple of occasions but always ended up going back to biting my nails once the gel ones were off. On my final try I got my nails done every month for 3 months and once I filed them off I could easily fight the urge to bite them because let’s just say, they were super long, and I didn’t feel the need to bite them! I had to end up cutting them down to short nails because they were super weak. (due to years of biting and not the filing involved with gel nails because a good nail technician won’t cause loads of damage to your nails)
I’ve had the gels off on 1st of January 2015 and been letting my nails grow on their own without biting them off. I’m actually quite proud! While they’re still weak and break off easily I think it’s still an achievement to actually have nails for the first time in my life and not these little non-existent things on my fingers.
What I’m trying to say is take time to find the method that will work for you because it’s quite a shame when a grown woman has her nails bitten, it just doesn’t look very classy and hey, we all try to look classy, right?! So tell me what works for you in the comments below or share your story!