Top Tips to Stop Nail Biting

A little while ago, my review of the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil turned into a bit of an impromptu discussion of nail biting. Inspired by that post, I decided to right this post and give you some tips on how to stop nail biting.

First things first: I was a nail biter for most of my life. I started as a child and I only stopped (mostly) two years ago. And I am not the only one: a majority of children and teenagers develop the habit at some point in their life. Like all habits, nail biting can be a very difficult one to break. The behavior becomes so ingrained you don’t notice your doing it.

Before we go on to my top tips, I should warn you about the following photo. As you can imagine, I was never really proud of my nails so it was quite tricky to find an old photograph of my hands and when I did…I was in shock. Seeing this now, I cannot believe I thought this was normal: they look absolutely horrific! You have been warned.

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Now for the good news: I have managed to stop and using the following tips might help you do the same thing!

Find A Buddy

Nail biting is something you do when you are stressed or bored and chances are you are not aware of doing it. One of my friends really helped me when she started hitting me whenever she caught me nail biting. A little masochistic perhaps, but extremely effective! You can do this yourself by wearing an elastic around your wrist and snapping it whenever you catch yourself. Chewing gum can also be a big help and I still do this in stressful periods to help myself a little.

Moisturise!

Your nails will be in very poor condition to begin with, so help them out by keeping them hydrated with a nice hand cream and preferably a dedicated cuticle or nail oil. Your nails will be in very poor condition when they finally start growing and nothing is more frustrating than breaking a nail you have spend weeks not biting! Using a cuticle or nail oil will make them a little more supple, less likely to break, and stronger in the long term. This also takes care of those little hard pieces of skin besides your nails that are also prime targets for nail biters. Besides, your hands deserve some positive attention so go out and buy yourself a lovely hand cream.

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Add a Pop of Color

Finally, go forth and buy some beautiful bright nail polish. Early on, your nails will be short and uneven in shape so you might think you should wait untill you have perfect nails to apply polish. Nothing could be less true: nail polish will help support weak nails making them less likely to break but more importantly this will be a strong visual reminder. Think of it as a brightly colored version of my evil friend: every time you bring a bright pink nail to your mouth you will notice. I would recommend picking bright or dark colors: these will look better on shorter nails.

I hope these tips will help out a little for those of you looking to stop. You are in control of your own behavior, so if you are motivated you can turn this around. Even so, I still find myself biting my nails in rare super stressful occasions. Don’t give up if you have a little fall back, remember that this is a long term adjustment of your behavior that will take a little time.

Please let me know if you have any top tips to stop biting in the comments!

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26 thoughts on “Top Tips to Stop Nail Biting

  1. Galit Balli May 5, 2015 / 11:51 am

    Wonderful tips hun πŸ™‚
    I started using the oil and it helps a lot ❀

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    • Anne May 6, 2015 / 8:50 am

      So happy to hear! I love the oil, it smells lovely as well β™₯

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    • Anne May 6, 2015 / 8:51 am

      Oh that is just so much better. It really does ruin your nails for years afterwards 😦
      xxx Anne

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  2. plus+beauty27 May 3, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Great tips Anne! I know that I am working on not biting my own nails as well. It can be a hard thing to do. I always found that when I constantly painted them then I wouldn’t bite them. πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • Anne May 4, 2015 / 8:56 am

      It is so tricky and I do have a little fall back sometimes. But keeping them painted and looking pretty is the main trick for me as well πŸ™‚
      xxx Anne

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      • plus+beauty27 May 5, 2015 / 3:35 am

        Yeah it can be really hard! I should paint mine soon so that I won’t bite them! lol. πŸ™‚ xxx

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    • Anne May 4, 2015 / 8:57 am

      Good luck! It can be really tricky to get through the first stages, but it is so worth it!! Hang in there.
      xxx Anne

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  3. Talking About Beauty May 3, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    Great tips and so true! I always find that adding nail polish always helps my nails to grow quicker as I pick on them less. Adding moisture to the nail also really helps them too. Congrats on overcoming your nail biting πŸ™‚

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    • Anne May 4, 2015 / 8:58 am

      Thanks, still cannot believe how awful they looked… Polish really is the trick, the color reminds you not to bite and the layers protect weak nails πŸ˜€

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  4. V May 3, 2015 / 4:20 pm

    These are such good tips. For me, the issue is that my nails are brittle and they’ll start to break off without fully breaking off. That’s when I feel compelled to start biting them

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    • Anne May 4, 2015 / 8:59 am

      Oh I have exactly the same thing: they will have those little tears on the side but won’t break completely. I have found the grow stronger base coat by Essie really works for me, review will be on the blog this week!

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      • V May 4, 2015 / 12:52 pm

        Cool, I’ll check that out! Just regularly painting my nails has helped a lot too. At least the aren’t super stubby

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        • Anne May 4, 2015 / 2:32 pm

          You are totally right, the layers of polish do seem protect them from the worst damage.

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  5. Zoe - zoebeautyblog.com May 3, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Great tips Anne. I’ve never bitten my nails, but I have other naughty habits that I do when I’m stressed so I understand how hard it is to break the habit. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend xx

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    • Anne May 3, 2015 / 9:45 am

      That’s nice, it is just such an awful habit. But you are right, we all have ways of dealing with stress!
      My weekend is lovely, hope you are enjoying yours as well πŸ˜€
      xxx Anne

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      • Zoe - zoebeautyblog.com May 3, 2015 / 9:53 am

        I know what you mean, I pick at the sides of my nails when I get stressed and I’m always horrified by how destructive I’ve been. I’m having a great weekend, check out my latest blog post and you’ll see why. Today won’t be so eventful but I’ll get to work on some more make up posts for my blog though which is great. How about you?xx

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        • Anne May 3, 2015 / 10:06 am

          I just did! Cannot believe it, you lucky girl :D:D
          Same here, sunday is blog day πŸ˜€
          xxx Anne

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          • Zoe - zoebeautyblog.com May 3, 2015 / 10:09 am

            I know!! I wish I’d got more photos but there’s a limit to how many times you can ask people to take a photo for you lol they’d wonder what I was doing. The weathers rubbish here so the perfect day for blogging xx

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          • Anne May 4, 2015 / 9:17 am

            I think you captured the important bits! Must have been great to get personal advice from a trained artist: they always give you so many tips and tricks.

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          • Zoe - zoebeautyblog.com May 4, 2015 / 10:12 am

            Fabio the MUA was amazing, I know I’ve already said this in my review but it’s the level of detail he went into when applying my eye makeup that amazed me. He applied so many layers and zoned in on every detail to ensure it was perfect, it’s like art really. I almost wish I could have watched myself.xx

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          • Anne May 4, 2015 / 2:34 pm

            His name wasn’t really Fabio, was it?! So horribly cliche.
            I guess it is easier for others to do make-up in such detail as well…that and great training πŸ˜€

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          • Zoe - zoebeautyblog.com May 4, 2015 / 3:35 pm

            Hahaha Anne you crack me up! Well he was Italian so I guess it’s a common name? Yes of course that’s what makes them a professional.xx

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