Nail biting is one of the most common causes of weak, brittle nails. Even after you kick the habit, it takes a long time for your nails to strengthen enough for them not to peel apart when they get any length on them.
Here are some tips on how to stop biting your nails so they can grow back in stronger!
Replace One Habit with Another
Habits, in general, are extremely tricky to break. It takes time, persistence, and a willingness to get back up if you fall. Since it usually takes months of persistence to break a habit, it’s a lot easier to replace it with another since habits only take 21 days to build.
Some good habits to help you stop biting your nails include chewing gum or even potentially using a fidget spinner or a similar fidget device. Personally I did both. Most of my nail biting was while I read books, so I chewed gum for the ‘mouth’ part of the habit, and fiddled with paper or a book mark for the ‘hand’ part of the habit.
Keep Your Nails Painted (Or Otherwise Covered)
Usually, nail biters are less likely to bite their nails when they’re painted. I suspect, from my own experience, that it’s partially because of the taste, partially because of the flaking, and partially because it thickens the nails enough that they’re tougher to bite through.
Another option is to put on fake nails. Fake nails can affect the strength of your nails too, but once you break the nail biting habit you can swap over to general polish and maintenance to strengthen them back up.
Try A Polish Specifically for Nail Biters
Now this may or may not work, depending on your taste buds. There are nail polishes out there that have peppers, hot sauce, or something bitter infused in them so that when you attempt to bite your nails you end up with a nasty/spicy taste in your mouth. However, they don’t always work. I had some as a kid, but it never really tasted like anything if it was dry. When wet, it was very spicy though!
Keep Them Short
If your nails are clipped and kept short, you’ll have a harder time getting in there to bite them. It will also keep damaged, weak nail from getting too long and causing further damage.
Are you a nail biter? Have you had any luck with stopping? Let me know in the comments!