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How I Broke My Worst Habit

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For most of my life, I bit my nails. It was such a gross habit, but I’d always end up biting them while reading or watching TV at night, maybe as a way to deal with stress or restlessness. Every year, my New Year’s resolution was to stop (exhibit A, exhibit B), and I even tried this vile stuff. But then a few weeks ago, something finally worked…

One evening, Alex and I were hanging out in our living room, watching Veep (side note: we recently got totally into it) and eating take-out Indian food. We had ordered saag paneer and rice, which literally could not be softer. It’s basically like eating soup.

After the meal, I felt something funny on my front tooth. Was it a bit of spinach? A piece of rice? I went over to the mirror, and almost fell over: MY TOOTH HAD CHIPPED.

Nothing makes you feel bedraggled more quickly than having a messed up front tooth. It wasn’t a charmingly off-kilter Lauren Hutton kind of thing, it was a full-on giant chunk out of my tooth. Horrifying.

The next morning, I called my dentist’s office and asked how soon they could see me. “We’re pretty booked for the next two days,” they said. “I’ll be there in ten minutes,” I replied.

While reclining in the chair as Dr. Gangi assessed the damage, I asked him why it had happened. “I wasn’t even eating anything crunchy,” I said. He asked me if I drank a lot of coffee. No. Soda? No. Do you bite your nails?

So, there it was. Three decades of nail biting had weakened my front teeth so much that wilted spinach could make them chip. Dr. Gangi told me that some people chip their teeth multiple times and finally have to get veneers. This was too much. This would not do. Teeth could not just be falling out of my head.

And so, with that, I stopped cold turkey. It was surprisingly easy, once I was motivated. Before, I had figured, oh, it’s a random stress reliever, it doesn’t hurt anyone. But now there was a real reason to commit to quitting. Instead of biting my nails absentmindedly, I became more present and aware of when I was doing it, so I was able to stop.

So, now I’m curious to ask you about the fun part of nails! My nails are now long enough for polish, and I’d love to know which polishes you like wearing. I love the look of Dior Nail Glow – all glossy and shiny — and for fall, I’d love to try navy nails. Lexi says she always gets a manicure without polish, since it’s quicker and less expensive, and polish always chips so quickly anyway.

What about you? I’d love to hear! I feel like I’ve just entered a new club:) And have you ever bitten your nails? Do you have any habits you’re trying to break?

P.S. How to blow dry your hair like a stylist, and the prettiest kind of earrings for spring.

(Photo by Alpha Smoot for this nail post.)

  1. I used to bite my nails (copied my brother) and only stopped after several years because we weren’t allowed makeup at school (UK schools have uniforms and no makeup rules) and when I could wear nail polish, having nice nails were more important to me. So it made me stop when I could paint them pretty colours

  2. Gina says...

    Noooooo!!! I am SO GLAD I read this column tonight. Stopping as of now. I have been a life long nail biter, and had recently stopped for awhile; if my nails are painted I can usually leave them alone. But when they get chipped etc….the biting can start. NO MORE!! I do not want to be that lady walking down the street with no teeth – thanks for sharing your story!

  3. Sarah says...

    I was a nail biter too! The best thing I have found to help strengthen my nails (they were so flexible and ripped easily due to the years of abuse) is biotin! I take three biotin pills a day, and it has drastically increased the health of my nails, and my hair too. It took about 6 months of taking biotin daily before it was majorly noticeable.

  4. Hello there.
    The exact same thing happened to me. I thought I had bitten into something hard but no it was the nail biting that broke my front tooth. Horrible experience! I feel your pain!
    I still catch myself biting but I am definitely more away and I stop myself. Good luck with your beautiful nails! =) and teeth!
    xoxo from Louisiana,
    Florencia

  5. I finally stopped biting my nails in HS. I had an occassional SUPER stressful year as an adult and resumed this ugly, aweful habit for a while, then when the stress subsided stopped. Around my 64th year, I needed a pacemaker and had a nervous wreck about it and started again. I bit and bit and noticed my beautiful front teeth getting irregular at the bottom. I finally stopped long enough to get nubs so I could get gel nails. That’s what I do now and I leave them alone. I like the fact that the polish and nails are perfect for 2-3 weeks. It is such an addiction.

  6. Jessica says...

    Former nail biter here – now I’m trying to work on not picking at my nail beds *insert monkey hiding eyes emoji*

    I would recommend Nailtiques Formula 2 to strengthen your nails even more! Has worked wonders for me. Also, ORLY bonder to hold any of your polish for longer and my fave are JULEP nail polishes, they just seem to chip less for me. Congratulations on your habit change and welcome to the club!!

  7. I’m a constant hair twirler. I’ll twist it, roll it, knot it, drag my fingers through it and divide it evenly, braid it, etc. Whenever I can get my hands free [waiting for something at my desk, watching television, as a passenger in a car, laying in bed at night, waiting for an appointment] I am touching my hair. In almost every candid photo of me, unless I am distracted, I am doing it. It’s the weirdest habit that I’ve done my entire life [my grandmother use to tell me my hair would fall out] – couldn’t tell you why I do it, but I honestly feel like it calms me down. I catch myself doing it while I’m thinking about something, especially when I’m nervous or anxious.

  8. Liz says...

    Congrats!! Quitting a habit is a big deal. My nails peel & I tend to pick at them which doesn’t help. I have tried lots of things to remedy this issue but the thing that has worked the best is just keeping them short and polished. I LOVE Smith & Cult nail polish – it isn’t cheap but they have great colors that last FOREVER even without a top coat.

  9. I chipped my tooth once and I agree, it’s horrifying. So I used to always make my bed as a child but then I got into this phase (Okay it was years) where I didn’t and it sorta bothered me but not enough to actually make do something about it. Then I read a quote that said something to the effect of “The state of your bed is the state of your mind.” I don’t know why but it worked. Every time I went to leave my bed without making it I thought of that quote and would cringe. I’ve made my bed every day for the past several years. I even make the bed on vacation!

  10. Bethany says...

    Oh my gosh, I did the exact same thing! Stopped me cold turkey. Teeth nightmares are the worst. Welcome to the fun nail painting world. I’ve embraced it and it’s the best.

  11. Haley says...

    WHATT?!?! I didn’t even know this is possible. I stopped biting my nails for a couple months and realized I actually hate having long nails… so I just went back to biting them instead of trimming and grooming my nails (LAZY!). The thought of chipping my teeth is making my change my mind.

  12. omg this makes me so terribly nervous. i bit my nails for the longest time and just could not stop, but recently, i’ve been going to the nail salon every week and a half and getting them done which has prevented me from even thinking about biting. hope my bad habit has stopped for good!

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  13. Thank you for this post, Joanna. I, too, have made the same New Years resolution to stop biting since I was 8, now going on 30. It’s horribly embarrassing, and I often find myself admiring pretty nail polish on the subway while I keep my hands tucked away.

    I’m expecting to get engaged any day now(!) and the thought of a pretty ring with bitten nails makes me cringe a little bit. Your post was timely for me, and now I’m dualy motivated to protect my teeth and have those nice manicured nails I see on the train myself – and perhaps with a pretty ring in addition!!

  14. Jami says...

    Wow. I have a weird habit of biting the skin around my nails more so that the actual nails (gross, I know) and have been trying really hard to stop. But like you, I always convince myself it’s not that bad, right? After this post I don’t think I will ever do it again. Just, wow …

  15. Nidhi says...

    I have been a nail biter as long as I can remember! and wait it does not stop at just hands, even toe nails were not spared! So much so that twice I had fungal infections in both my toes, one of them resulting in loss of half nail.
    Only recently I have stopped biting them, but sometimes I cannot resist the urge and I still do it, only feeling guilty afterwards. I now try to keep them painted in a neutral color to avoid biting. Sometimes even trying a bright color to stop myself. Though I have to admit, hands and feet do look pretty with trimmed and manicured nails.

  16. Rue says...

    I am drawn to either very subtle colors like essie ballet slippers, a mostly-opaque blush pink, or very dark colors like essie after schoolboy blazer, which is a great deep navy. Different polish brands have very differently shaped brushes, so shop around for what feels easiest for you to apply to your own nails.

  17. Lori says...

    Thank you so much for this post and all the comments. I’m a 45 year old lifelong nail biter and I don’t know if I’ll be able to stop but I sure feel less alone and a little less ashamed.

  18. Andrea M says...

    I also chipped my front tooth from years of nail biting. I’ve had my tooth fixed many, many times but it always ends up breaking off again. My dentist told me it’s very hard to permanently fix a chipped front tooth. So so sad. What did your dentist do for you?

  19. Becoming a nurse broke me of my nail-biting habit in a hurry. I stopped the very first day of hospital training when I was confronted with caring for patients with serious infections. My fave polish is a pretty gray-deep purple color called FEET-ured Attraction by Sophi Nail Polish. I was so happy to come across it via IG last fall. Sophi is truly non-toxic (not just 5-free or 7-free) with zero odor because it’s water-based. Lasts just as long as regular polish too.

  20. Thanks so much for sharing! I JUST applied a coat of adorable Chanel Tutti Frutti, a candy colored pink polish, to prevent myself from continuing to bite my nails. Painting my nails a dark color is the only way I can seem to stop biting…and it typically only prevents me from doing so for as long as the polish lasts.
    I hope your story inspires a renewed commitment to quitting my embarrassing habit. Any tips for quitting cracking your knuckles?!

  21. Amy U. says...

    My name is Amy, I’m 46 and I’m a lifelong nail biter.

    I have TRIED to stop. I’ve had a more than a few long-enough-to-polish stints…but I have a very long commute and sometimes while stuck in traffic, I just mindlessly start biting. Next thing I know, they’re all gone.

    During my freshman year in college, it must have been second semester, I lobbied a biology professor to let me take one of his very popular senior-level classes, and he let me in. During the very first class, there I was sitting in the third row…chewing away at my nails. All of a sudden he stopped his lecture, looked at me, POINTED at me, and said, “You. Come see me after class and I’ll show you pictures of all the nasty things living under those finger nails you’re feasting on.” Singularly one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. Did it stop me? Nope. (He never did show me the pictures tho.)

    When I was little, the same babysitter who told me that tapioca pudding had fish eyes in it told me that nail biting would make my fingers gangrenous. THAT didn’t work. And my Mom tried Thum on me (look it up…the packaging is still the same). Talk about vile stuff! But, alas…I got used to the taste.

    So, maybe I’ll learn from your experience. :( I haven’t chipped my front teeth, BUT I have worn a groove across the bottom of them…which needs to be filled from time to time.

  22. Carol says...

    I was a SEVERE nail biter my entire life. About 10 years ago I went to a salon for a pedicure and the woman who worked there saw my hands and said she would help me. I was skeptical since I had been down that road before and usually ended up with fake nails or wraps that I would peel off about an hour later, but this time it was different. I committed to making nearly weekly visits to this nail salon where this one manicurist would carefully file everything neatly and cut back all the cuticle and mangled skin around my nails. Slowly I gave up biting one or two fingers at a time and slowly they all started to get a little longer and healthier. In total this took about 9 years, with several lapses in between. One turning point was last year she decided to try giving me a gel manicure. I did this three times in a row—I know people think these can damage nails but this really helped to get me over the hump of having all 10 perfect nails at the same time instead of just 6 or 7. It also meant I could go about 2-3 weeks between manicures which helped them get a little longer and stronger. Now it’s been a year and they are all in great shape and I only go about every 2 weeks or so for just a regular manicure.
    I am so proud that I was able to break this habit. It took so many years longer than I thought it would, but the results are better than I could have imagined. I never thought I’d be able to quit so I empathize with anyone else who has this habit. It is so difficult to get away from (no restrictions like smoking) and so visible, and people always feel the need to point it out to you.
    I highly highly highly recommend finding a manicurist who is willing to just clean them up for you and help keep them tidy, and go as frequently as you can to help you keep on track. In the early days I just kept telling myself, no biting for 7 days, etc. and that felt much easier to manage.
    I also read a book once about this habit that suggested being “mindful” about when you engage in this habit (watching tv, driving, etc.) and it pointed out that biting your nails actually begins before your hand goes to your mouth—it starts when you find yourself looking at your fingers, rubbing the edges of the nail etc. “scanning” for spots to bite or pick. That was a bit of a revelation for me. GOOD LUCK! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

    • Nanny says...

      This is so helpful! I have acrylic nails because I will bite mine down to the quick otherwise, and I appreciate the concept of enlisting the help of a patient professional to “clean them up,” since of course the biggest trigger for biting is seeing a bit of nail or hangnail “out of place” and feeling the urge to “fix it” or “even it out.”

      Thank you or sharing your experience!

    • Af says...

      Great article. I’m with you! I don’t bite at all when I have a gel manicure. If I don’t have one, I bite. Highly Rec gel manicures. They stay on well and stay so shiny! Regular manicures flake off and then you’ll bite. Funny that we say bite your nails, as we’re actually chewing them. I’m an English teacher :) good luck!!!

  23. My husband picks at his lips with his fingers. It drives me insane! Am trying to figure out any long term effects that might make him stop besides a lifetime of me nagging him…Thoughts?

    • Rue says...

      honestly his lips might be irritated. dudes think they’re immune to moisturizing and it drives me up a wall. so maybe gift him some lip balm, but I’d recommend getting him one with a 4 or 5 star rating on Beautypedia.com because it turns out lots of cosmetics companies put irritating ingredients in lip balms (and it’s a common pitfall for “green” companies too!). when I figured this out it was SUCH an ah-ha moment for me: some lip balms will actually make the peeling and the flaking and the misery even worse.

  24. Tara says...

    I’ve been a nail biter my whole life (i am 10yrs old x 4.) I couldn’t tell you how many times Mom has said “get your fingers out of your mouth; stop biting your nails.” Her tune has changed however since she sent me a clipping explaining that nail biting is actually a calming thing — similar to sucking your thumb or carrying a blanket or favorite stuffed animal. She apologized for yelling at me all of those years and actually feels bad about it. She doesn’t say much on the matter anymore. Interesting about your experience! Not sure if your tip will help me though as I already have veneers on my front teeth (after a nasty collision with a marble coffee table when I was four.)

  25. I have bitten my nails and fingers since very young but for the last ten years, just my fingers. I want to stop but I just can’t seem to. The scar tissue is pretty bad now and I have limited mobility in my thumbs. One thing is that I never get sick and I haven’t taken a single antibiotic since 1986. I often wonder if by ingesting so many germs over the years I have built up some kind of amazing immunity!

  26. I’m the worst when it comes to this! I don’t necessarily bite my nails, but I do pick at the skin and cuticles around my nails. Such a terrible habit, but I’m trying to kick it! Your story of chipping your tooth motivates me so much!

  27. Jessie says...

    Thank you for this! I am sorry about your tooth. My oldest daughter (6) is a nail biter (Left over from thumb sucking) I told her your story so I am hoping it will help her stop.

  28. I feel your pain! I chipped one of my front teeth really badly last year and I had to walk around with a weird triangle shaped fang for 2 days before I could get it fixed. Now that tooth is a lot thicker than the one next to it and a slightly different colour, but what can you do!

    (Although I didn’t break it by biting my nails, I fell face first into the tail light of a parked car :) Luckily I had a friend with me.)

  29. stephanie says...

    gosh! talk about motivation to quite biting my nails!!! im glad it didnt hurt when it chipped, but how embarrassing!

  30. Vanessa says...

    Joanna, did you manage to stop biting your nails for your wedding? I don’t bite my nails but I pick my cuticles, which is just as bad. I keep telling myself I’ll be able to stop as it gets closer to the big day..

    Your story might get me to stop too, though!

    • Nicole says...

      Vanessa, I was able to stop about a month before my wedding, enough so that I could get them manicured and polished nicely and they looked normal on the big day! That was a year and a half ago, and even though I went right back to biting afterwards, I’m about 2 months into not biting them now. There is hope!!

  31. I was a terrible nail-biter, too! What helped me stop was always carrying a nail file on me. Whenever I felt the need to pull at a broken nail or crunch down because they were getting long, I would whip out the file and fix that situation fast. I now cut and file my nails every week and keep several nail files at work and home. My other bad habit is cuticle-biting and -pulling. I still do a bit of that… but I keep cuticle clippers at my desk, too, to stop me before my nailbeds start bleeding. Yikes!

  32. PJ says...

    I’ve been an almost lifelong nail skin biter. As in I bite the skin at the top of my finger and down the sides of the nails. It’s gross because its unsanitary, kind of cannibalistic, and it leaves little skin flaps that I then pick at and bite more causing injury. The ridiculous thing is I forced myself to stop as a teenager. Then, when I was about twenty, I thought about it and wondered why I had ever done it in the first place because by then it seemed so weird. So I tried it! Thus returned the bad habit. I recently noticed my three year old son biting his nails so I made a renewed effort to stop. I’m not fully cured but I think I’m headed there and I’ve decreased enough that it seems my son has stopped biting his nails. On a related note, I wish I could make my nails stop growing. I have very strong and smooth nails that are totally wasted on me. I gave up polish for the sake of reducing toxicity and I hate having long nails. So much cleaner when kept short.

  33. Kari says...

    I just had a similar revelation about my jaw clenching and grinding. I chipped a molar grinding in my sleep, so I caved and got a night guard.

    Last night was my first night with it, and I woke up feeling so much less tension in my face!

    Funny how a little thing like tooth retention puts bad habits into perspective.

  34. Meghan says...

    You can’t go wrong with Zoya and they have great sales too!

  35. Omg Joanna I clenched as I read this as I’m a long time nail biter and frequently try to quit!! I was only successful at quitting when I was living abroad in China years ago bc cleanliness wasn’t a strong suit in Beijing public areas, and I was worried about the germs!
    Anyway, this is my new motivation. I hope it works!!

    • Tali says...

      I love this! I noticed the same thing when I traveled to China a few years ago actually…if only I could have stayed longer than 2 weeks!

  36. Quinn says...

    Thank you for posting this! I bit my nails down to the quick (ow!) all my life until summer 2011. I was promised a free manicure for a wedding and couldn’t turn it down! I still mess with my nails / cuticles every now and then. However, I was biting a fingernail and chipped my front tooth. It happened to be on my birthday on the way home from dinner. I was mortified! Happy birthday to me, I guess! :)

  37. Renee says...

    I bit my nails all of my childhood, until I finally quit around 25 years old! I motivated myself by getting bi-weekly manicures, which I still keep up with to this day. It’s my every-other-Tuesday lunch break treat that I look forward to! My signature color is OPI Big Apple Red, a classic.

  38. Feli says...

    Welcome to the club ! :)
    I always, always, always wear nail polish !!! There is nothing more relaxing and rewarding than giving myself a nice manicure while watching TV, and I feel that people compliment me on my nails more than anything else.
    My all-time favourite colours are Essie ‘Wicked’ (an almost black, dark red), Essie ‘Too Too Hot’ (a bright red) and Essie ‘Ballet Slippers’ (a neutral light pink for everyday). I also recently discovered Essie ‘Gel Setter’, which is there gel-effect top coat. I swear that it makes polish chip less, last longer and dry faster, I honestly put it on right before I leave the house in the morning :) Plus I love a good cuticle care, I’m currently using L’Occitane Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Cream. It smells so, so good and is the perfect product to make your nails look perfectly groomed.

  39. Invisalign cured me of nail biting…with the retainers/molds always on you can’t bite your nails. And then I just never started again. The feeling of clipping my fingernails still completely skeeves me out but I do it. Invest in a good file/buffer so that you can keep the edges smooth; having smooth nail tips is another thing that helps me not bite them.

  40. Anastasia says...

    You could try the CND venilux top coat with any polish from essie or opi or whatever, it’s amazing, I always use it. Also, Orly bonder base is really good. I love your blog!

  41. Samantha says...

    If you want your nails to grow faster and harden, I totally recommend you take a biotin supplement. My nails grow fast but they break really easy and the biotin makes them grow even faster and strong. It also makes you hair grow a little faster and healthier. This is the biotin supplement I take, it’s the maximum amount you should take daily and it’s ridiculously cheap (8 bucks!):
    https://www.amazon.com/Natrol-Maximum-Strength-Tablets-100-Count/dp/B004H7GB9G/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1464793742&sr=8-1&keywords=biotin
    I never paint my nails because I use my hands too much and they chip really fast. Gel manicures were getting a bit expensive for me, so natural nails it is. I do get the occasional manicure, and keep my cuticles as moisturized as I can (St. Ives Skin Renewing lotion is great for your hands, and cuticles, because it absorbs fast, leaving no greasy residue in your hands). Also, when I have the time, I cut them/file them in a square shape.

  42. Danielle says...

    You’ve officially freaked me out! I’ve bitten my nails since birth, I swear. I have stopped for about two years total, which seems like I could lick it, but somehow, sitting in traffic, oops, there goes one and then the whole other nine! I think this post will help, but ultimately, when I get long nails, I don’t know how to maintain them. I need to make regular manicures part of my routine and budget for awhile once I grow them out. Doing that, I think I’d have more long-term success because it’d be an investment. Right now, though, as we’re getting ready to go on an amazing two week vacation, while I’d vowed to have long nails, they are mere stumps. Stress, I guess. You’re post will help me get to a better place, I think. Thanks for the PSA!

  43. valentina says...

    I wear navy nails all year round, and I absolutely love them! I don’t really have a signature “look” or scent in any other way, but you can almost always find me rocking navy nails. Enjoy!

  44. Karen says...

    Great post! I bit my nails from elementary to middle school until they bled (ouch). It was a bad habit that I picked up from another student. Thankfully braces did the trick! I had really bad teeth so when I got braces it was impossible to bite my nails bc the metal kept getting in the way. I haven’t picked up the habit since and I’m in love with my nails :)

  45. Elise says...

    Went from sucking my thumb to biting my nails, not great is it? I stopped when my grandmother told me it would look horrible when I would grow older, like ranch potatoe cuts. I stopped overnap. ;)

    As for nail polish, there’s a new trend picking up, of natural, non-toxic nail polish. Unfortunately all the big names have toxins in them, so I’ve also been on the lookout for natural, non-chipping nai polish brands. The hunt continues!

  46. Alie says...

    If you don’t want your boys putting their fingers in their mouths, show them pictures of round worms or parasites. They can live under fingernails and hatch their eggs inside you if ingested. Got me to stop sucking my thumb when I was 12.
    My mother also threatened to make me wear winter gloves all day so that I physically couldn’t get to the skin/nails/thumb.

  47. I was never a nail biter as a kid UNTIL I read the Berenstein Bears book about bad habits in which Sister Bear bit her nails. I was like, “Huh, nail-biting, eh? I wonder if that’s any fun…” and I tried it and bit them for years. Not sure what made me stop, but I think I quit in my teens just randomly. Freaky to realize how much damage it can do!

  48. I used to bite my nails all the time as a child. Truthfully, I was able to trick myself into stopping. As I grew up, I started to paint my nails. Because my nails were painted, it took me longer to notice how long they were starting to get. Then once, I saw how pretty the looked longer, my motivation to bite decreased. I still, from time to time, will attempt to bite my nail if I am under an incredibly stressful situation. But thankfully, it doesn’t happen often.

  49. Guylaine says...

    My go-to color is Wicked by Esse. It’s a dark but rich wine coloured polish that looks black without being harsh. It’s great for winter (hopefully you’ll remember after summer). It also makes the perfect gift for a girlfriend (along with a magazine and a good chocolate bar or a bottle of wine) when all you need is a little something…

  50. Christie says...

    I’m with Lexi. No polish, just buff.

  51. Johanna says...

    I was a chronic nail biter until I went to nursing school and started working in intensive care. I was suddenly acutely aware of the nasty germs around me even when I washed my hands a bazillion times a day (mostly to get the layers and layers of antibacterial gel off my skin!) It grossed me out to think of putting those germs into my mouth. Now I work in the NICU (where I can’t even have my nails painted), and I really don’t want scraggly nails when I’m touching fragile little babies, nor do I want to be transferring the germs from my mouth onto them.

  52. Zara says...

    As a millennial, I read a lot of blogs, and I think a lot about content. I had just finished reading one of my favorite beauty blogs, where I found this morning’s post totally regurgitated – nothing new. And then I flipped over to this one, which is not only unique, but utterly useful information. Thank you, Joanna :)

  53. Laura C says...

    Good on you, Jo! I was a nail biter until I was 27. What happened then: I got brackets. It is physically impossible to bite your nails with brackets on your teeth. So, after two years, I got both perfect teeth and no longer bitten nails! Yay!
    xoxo

  54. I bite my nails too! Its a horrible unsightly habit. Not to mention, my nails and nail beds look wrecked! Im self-conscious about it, but have a hard time stopping myself. I too have successfully quit twice. Im 31 and hoping I can quit for good. Im thinking this story might be the end of it. Thanks for sharing!!!!

  55. Jenna says...

    Congrats on kicking the habit! As a nail biter for over 20 years, I was hoping you were going to give me that one tip I haven’t read yet that would help me stop for good! I suppose the threat of chipping my teeth should help, but I may have to wait for my own disaster to really kick the habit. It sure is stubborn!

  56. Mindi says...

    Essie’s Bachelorette Bash is my favorite. It’s a cheery fuchsia that’s great for summer.

  57. Gina says...

    I’ve been rocking perennial chic by Essie. It’s a nice nude that looks clean:-)

  58. Ryan says...

    Good on you! I have been biting my nails since I was 5; I’m 35 now. I’ve successfully stopped twice—once, during my first pregnancy (anxiety about spreading germs to my growing baby!) and then when I was engaged. I start biting them again shortly after the birth of my first and shortly after my wedding. The only thing that worked for me then sounds incredibly indulgent to me now; I had a manicure every week at a salon in BK across from Trader Joe’s (I lived around the corner).

    In any case, the manicure option is out now (live in a rural area with honestly no salons and the ones 30 minutes away are more expensive than the little nail place in BK).

    So.. always looking for motivation. My tooth enamel is quite worn down; I’ve always thought it was due to my coffee drinking or fluoride-less well water of my youth. In any case, I will try again! It really feels like a compulsion at this point. I think the thing that will help me stop is to think about my daughter picking up the habit. That would really drive me crazy so that might be my new thinking…

    Thanks for sharing!

  59. Johanna says...

    My son is showing signs of becoming a nail biter. He’s TWO. All due respect to those for whom the nail biting struggle is real, but this frightens me. How do I make it stop??

    • Laurel says...

      Don’t fret! My son did the same thing…pretty bad from age 2 to 3. I tried not to make a big deal about it, but every once in a while would point out, oh your nails are dirty, don’t out those in your mouth. Now, aged 4, he doesn’t bite them any longer. I think some children just go through some anxiety with so many changes happening to their minds while growing.

    • Leanne says...

      Gah! Mine too! Laurel, thanks for the simple phrase about dirty nails…i’ll use that :)

  60. Emily S. says...

    Sorry about the tooth, but yay for kicking the habit! For summer I’ve been really loving Essie’s ‘bikini so teeny.’ It’s a light blue/periwinkle color that brightens my mood whenever I have it on. I’ve also noticed that orange-y pinks are in at the moment!