nail question

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Registered: 03-26-2003
nail question
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 7:46pm
i have a habit of biting my nails but i want them to grow and when they start i bite them. is there something i can put on them that when i bite them it tastes gross? what do you buy to put on your nails to make them grow?
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 8:48am
You know what you COULD do? Get the ACRYLIC nails... You cant BITE them! LOL! Ive NEVER NEVER bitten my nails, so I would not know how to tell you to stop...



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Registered: 03-30-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 10:54am
I bit my nails for 30 years, tried loads of nail bite solutions, but they never worked I would end up just washing the stuff off and brushing my teeth loads to get rid of the taste (evil), nail biting is an unconcious habit, I had to every time i found myself nibbling on my nails conciously move my hands away from my face, I wouldnt even noticed that i was biting my nails its a subliminal kinda thing, basically you have to train yourself to keep your hands away from your face, after about 3 weeks I had kicked the habit.

It's not easy by any means, but my goodness its worth the effort.

Good Luck Fubugirl


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Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 2:12pm
Hi fubugirl1616! And Welcome to the board! Good for you for wanting to break the nail biting habit! As a matter of fact there are products that you can get at your local drugstore that you can put on your nails to make them taste yucky when you put them in your mouth. However, I don't know how well these products work as I've never been a nail biter. I have attached some links from the archived posts that deal with nail biting and different suggestions on how to break the habit.

You can also do your own search by using the feature "find messages about_______" that's located in the left hand corner of the board. I put in "nail biting" and hit go. When you do your own search or check out the links I've posted below, make sure you look at all the responses to that particular post.

This is a great link.

Another link:

And another link:

Hope this information helps and please feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

Good Luck on breaking the habit!


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 3:08pm

I have a simple little trick that works...

Wear lipstick.

You won't want to smear the lipstick all over your face OR get it on your fingers, so while wearing it, you won't put your fingers near your mouth and if you do it without thinking about it, you'll quickly pull your fingers away from your mouth so as not to mess up your lipstick.

Sounds funny, but it works.


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Registered: 04-04-2003
Thu, 04-17-2003 - 8:25am
from one nail bitter to another. the best thing to do? Acrylics, I have always bitten my own nails, and I have tried everything to stop. Heck my mom even tried the hot pepper, I just got use to the taste of it!

Once I got the Acrylics, I stopped reason?, One I think you will be impressed with how nice your hands look that you won't bite them. Two: they are kinda hard to bite off, I have had mine for a long time,my daughter is now 17 I started getting them done when she was 3. So now I make sure my hands are always done..

Try it it might work for you....

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 04-19-2003 - 1:49pm
I used to bite my nails, but somehow stopped, but then started to 'play' with them. My nails have a tendency to split, especially in winter, and I would always (constantly!) play with them to split off the part that came off and sometimes I had them split about halfway down the nail.

Anti-nail biting products never worked for me, although they are really gross when you get them in your mouth, they also come off on food for example, if you're peeling carrots, they will taste like the stuff you put on your fingers. Also, you can't just wash it off before cooking, because it's designed to not come off easily in water so you don't have to keep putting it on every five minutes.

Anyways, what I've noticed helped me a lot was doing manicures. I started really treating my nails nice, got myself a manicure twice a week (at home, but with all the good treatments), and most of all, as soon as my nailpolish started chipping off, I re-did it so it would always look good. I started playing with them as soon as I either got a hangnail or chipped polish or nail, so as long as I keep that from happening (with nail polish, cuticle remover and creams and such) it works fine. I still haven't broken the habit, but my fingers look better now ;-)

Hope that helped a bit


PS: I also carry a small swiss army knife with me (the mini version), it has scissors, a nail file and tweezers, for any emergencies while I'm not at home, so I can fix them and not start playing. I start playing if I break a nail, I try to bite it to make it even again, but with the scissors and nail file, I can take care of the problem and won't bite it.


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Registered: 04-29-2003
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 9:43pm
Ok, I have a weird question:

I'm not sure if this problem only occurs in toenails, but, for the past six or so years, the smallest nail on one of my feet has been split (as in two separate pieces!) all the way from the edge to the cuticle. I've tried trimming it really short, only that hasn't done anything. I would really like to get rid of this nuisance. Any ideas?
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 04-30-2003 - 8:11am
Well if it's been six years and it's still growing out as a split, you can probably safely assume it will continue to grow like that from now on.

What I would do if it is a nuisance to you is have a nail tech put a very thin layer of acrylic on it so it wont snag on anything...and it will give it an even look.

You must have stubbed that toe and damaged the matrix at one time. I have stubbed my pinkie toes so many times, I'm surprised that mine aren't split as well.

Let us know what you do....