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    07-27-2014, 04:51 PM
Ladies! Nail help please!

So I have a REALLY bad habit of biting my nails. It's really bad when I get anxious or nervous, but then they look terrible and uneven so I bite them MORE. I talked to a salon and they said to get acrylics, but they make your nails look terrible when you take them off, so I'm afraid I'll be tempted to bite them again (and they're expensive to keep up with). I've tried soaking them in chili peppers, the nasty tasting clear coat stuff, pretty much everything. Painting them works for a while, but I hate painting them when they're so short because I get self conscious about people looking at them. I'm thinking maybe gel nails or shellac. Possibly acrylic if it will help! What would you suggest?
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    07-27-2014, 04:58 PM
What did it for me is using those nail stickers you can get at the drug store. I think the brand is Sally Hansen? After I got past the first stage of resisting biting and my nails grew out a bit it got much easier and I progressed to cheaper nail polish instead of the $8 a box 1 time use stickers (2 uses if you cut the stickers in half). I still have times when I get more anxious and start to bite again, but once you're out of the woods once it's much easier to stop again.

Knowing when you're likely to bite is also a great thing if you can take preventative measures (filing, putting on a fresh coat of polish or visiting the nail salon).
    07-27-2014, 05:30 PM
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I bite my nails too. I think I do it when I'm bored and so they're really short. *sigh* I wish they were longer but I have the habit of biting the somewhat grown nails too. -_-
    07-27-2014, 07:20 PM
You can try acrylics, but tell them just to do a thin protective layer so you can grow your nails out. You don't need the long tips. If you polish these, the polish lasts longer than if you paint on bare nails. It won't chip, it will tend to wear off after several days. You will still need to get them filled every couple of weeks, but if you keep them polished, you won't notice the growth lines.

In my experience, gel nails are the same as acrylic, the nail salons here use gel powder just like acrylic. Solar nails are acrylic, but they tend not to yellow if you leave them bare.

I don't think shellac will help, after a few days they can tend to peel. Which makes me pick at them and eventually peel them off. Which damages the top layer of the nail.

Good luck!
    07-27-2014, 11:00 PM
I am a cosmetologist but I am really into nails. I used to bite my nails too until I took cosmetology and took nail class and heard about all the nasty stuff that can be in your nails, but my nails were also very brittle from biting too which I am sure your would be too. Acrylics work good for not biting but you aren't going to grow them about because when you take them off your nails are still going to be brittle underneath. What works really good is OPI nail envy it has good vitamins and stuff in it to help your nails strengthen and grow. Also taking the vitamen Biotin helps your nails grow too. Shellac (Or gels) is also super good, its just nail polish that is cured under a LED or UV lamp. It really hardens strong to keep your nails strong and it is supposed to last for two weeks. If nail polish resists you from biting your nails I would say give that a whirl. I think most salons charge around $20 for that service, but every two weeks that is going to add up. I believe the Nail Envy runs around 12 dollars a bottle. I think Sally's Beauty sells it now too.
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    07-27-2014, 11:16 PM
I had that horrible habit. Today I bit all of mine down due to stress too. What I do, is I do very complicated nail designs by my self. When I spend 2 hours doing my nails, there ain't NO way I am biting those babies off. Today I had no nail polish on. As long as my nails are painted I'm not tempted to bite.
    07-27-2014, 11:32 PM
I bite my nails as well and the only thing that helps me is getting acrylics. As long as you keep up with them, they're awesome. Honestly, people can say what they want about them being bad but if I have them on for a few months then I take them off and my nails are long and pretty, I won't bite them down again. Just keep them painted when the part that looks bad grows out and you're good to go
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    07-27-2014, 11:34 PM
I was a nail-biter until my senior year of high school. For my senior prom, my sister paid for me to have acrylics put on (the old, heavy ones). I couldn't afford to have them filled and I had no idea how to take them off, so I let them grow out until I could peel them off. For whatever reason, this stopped my habit of biting my nails. Now, the only time I might bite them is if I break a nail and can't find clippers or a file. Then I'll trim the jagged parts with my teeth, but I try not to go too short.

I loved when I had gels on. They were so light that I barely noticed them. I got them at a more natural length, so they didn't interfere with typing or daily activities.
    07-28-2014, 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by Nikkibella    
I bite my nails as well and the only thing that helps me is getting acrylics. As long as you keep up with them, they're awesome. Honestly, people can say what they want about them being bad but if I have them on for a few months then I take them off and my nails are long and pretty, I won't bite them down again. Just keep them painted when the part that looks bad grows out and you're good to go
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Is it just the ends that look bad? Do you ask them to put a thin coat on or anything special?
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    07-28-2014, 09:59 PM
What helps with acrylics (or solar nails) is to ask for a thin layer, and to ask them not to grind a lot of the top layer of your nail. That's what makes them funky when you take them off later.

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