I Stopped Biting My Nails

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 125 People

    One Day I Woke Up...

    and decided that I would stop biting my nails.  It was just after New Year this year (but NOT a resolution) I challenged myself to see if I had the willpower to do it.  I am 37, and have bitten my nails for as long as I can remember, there isnt one photograph of me without...
    TracyTinks TracyTinks
    36-40, F
    Feb 2, 2012


    Tis was harder than quitting smokin.  Your nails are always RIGHT THERE!  I always bit my nails right down to the quick ever since I was a little kid; So now, I'm experiencing having fingernails for the first time as a 30 yr old man!  I LOVE to scratch now...
    williamzanzinger williamzanzinger
    26-30, M
    Oct 30, 2008

    Hot Weather Success!

    After years of being an avid nail biter, and proud - this summer I feel I have conquered it! The hot weather has been making my palms sweat more, and causing a build up of dirt under my nails which is very off putting and I refuse to chew this. So after a few weeks of just...
    anniesthetic anniesthetic
    Jul 8, 2010

    I Stopped Biting My Nails!

    i started biting my nails when I was two. around the time my step dad came in the picture he's the one who got me hooked. i'm 16 now and i don't bite them anymore. it stopped when i found out my boyfriend started smoking cigarettes & he told me he would stop smoking when i...
    kayyylah kayyylah
    Aug 19, 2011

    on my youtube channel i have a french manicure

    i do on my own nails they look cute and elegant and at the same time it is so easy go on watch it @katelan.fisher on youtube
    katelanfisher katelanfisher
    18-21, F
    Jan 4, 2014

    Bad Habit

    i know it's a bad habit but i can't help it i've been doing it a lot this week and it's messing up my nails and hands in the worse way i can't stop and i'm all restless too so i keep nibbling even though it hurts and i know they're too short already i really really...
    isolatedkitty isolatedkitty
    26-30, F
    Oct 4, 2007

    Maybe it's just me but I cut my nails always

    keep them clean and short exept for my left hand middle finger. It is always a bin long and I sharpen it. I keep it pointy and sharp. Idk why I just like claws lol
    brosky144 brosky144
    18-21, M
    Apr 20, 2015

    It Wasn't Hard

    one day I decided I wanted to have long nails. within a week I had stopped biting my nails. I was never really a typical nail biter though. I only started biting my nails bcuase the gym teacher at school got mad at me for having sharp nails. I have natuarally very hard and sharp...
    AngelaDark AngelaDark
    31-35, F
    Nov 30, 2007

    Thanks to Fake Nails.

    Among other things, I'm also a compulsive nail biter. And I really hate it. For me, those horrible nail polishes have never worked. They don't stop me from biting my nails. And if I really want to bite my nails, which I usually do, then a bit of a bad taste in my...
    jasminjane jasminjane
    18-21, F
    10 Responses Mar 18, 2009

    Gel Manicure Success

    I had nail stubs until this past year. I had tried everything: fake nails, being shammed by my family, nasty tasting nail polish and nothing worked. I was ashamed of the way my hands looked, whenever I would hand over my credit card I would make sure people could not see my hands...
    kategm kategm
    Sep 27, 2012

    I have all of my nails clipped

    and cleaned except my left hand middle finger nail. It's a bin long and I sharpen it to a point. I guess it's just me lol :)
    brosky144 brosky144
    18-21, M
    Apr 20, 2015

    I, like most on this site have been biting my

    nails since I was a small child. At age 50, I decided to stop. Here is my plan and how it worked. First - It's an embarrassing habit and you have to be willing to admit it. Tools - Go out and buy 20 of those $1 nail clippers. Leave them everywhere you may be and where you...
    start1959 start1959
    56-60, M
    1 Response Apr 22, 2014

    How do you stop? I've been biting mine

    for 16 years I want to grow them out any suggestions?
    virgo1998 virgo1998
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 9, 2015

    Age 27, after being a nail-biter

    for as long as I could remember, I needed longer fingernails in order to shell prawns at my restaurant, and that was the end of that.
    MONSTROUSbyTommyWalker MONSTROUSbyTommyWalker
    46-50, M
    Mar 22, 2016

    I have bitten my nails all my life

    until now! How did I stop? Simple, I QUIT DAIRY. NO DAIRY, NO NAIL BITING. Dairy made me anxious, I no longer bite my nails and I am less anxious.
    Phil386 Phil386
    46-50, M
    1 Response Feb 17, 2016

    I Did It! You Can Too

    After years of bitting, bleeding and being frustrated. I finally overcame my dilemma. I stopped biting my nails! What helped me out was OPI gel nail polish, it makes your nails thick so when the urge to but them comes along, its hard to do. They also look pretty and you can see...
    samanthaanne82 samanthaanne82
    18-21, F
    Oct 22, 2012

    Hard Habit to Kick

    it took me years to stop biting. i tried everything as a kid. i wore nail polish, and that didn't help. i chewed gum when i felt the urge to start nibbling, but that never seemed to cut it. within five mintues i'd ditch the gum and be chewing away at my nails. i even wrapped a...
    runnagirrl runnagirrl
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jul 2, 2008

    21 Years Later...

    I had bitten my nails for as long as I can remember. I have also been trying to stop biting them for as long as I remember. I had tried literally everything. My mom tried for years to get me to stop biting them. My hands were always bleeding and looked disgusting. The ends...
    swilk062 swilk062
    1 Response Aug 24, 2011

    I Didn't Even Mean To!

    I have bit my nails ever since I can remember and all of a sudden last month I stopped, and now I acctually have fingernails that are of a decent length.  I am looking forward to getting my first manicure and not having to get fake nails!!  The down side though is I am...
    institches1981 institches1981
    26-30, F
    Apr 28, 2008

    I used to bite them! Not anymore!

    Ignore the cut on my forefinger...
    Jessicaliners Jessicaliners
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 28, 2015

    Well, I'm trying but I'm having

    so much anxiety for it. The good news is that my nails havent been so long since years.
    Mikaela1920 Mikaela1920
    Dec 29, 2014

    Last Year

    That's when I stopped. Now I only bite them when 1. they're broken anyway or 2. when I'm incredibly nervous. I gnaw on 'em a little, but don't bite. It's still a little weird seeing myself with pretty long nails.   ~ChunChun^_^
    ChunChun ChunChun
    18-21, F
    Dec 25, 2007

    I stopped bitting my nails 2 years ago its a

    stress habit i used to do it like all the time in school watching a scary movie before a test ... But seeing my friends with long beautiful nails all well done and designed got me jealous so i stopped that habit and started taking care of my hands and nails till i got rid of...
    karenkh karenkh
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 25, 2014

    When I Was A Child

    My nail biting habit is long gone and I haven't done it in over 10 years.The trick to my success was my dad actually. Everytime he would catch me biting he would say, "Real ladies don't bite their nails and real ladies let them grow long and beautiful. You should care more to...
    CuteInChaos CuteInChaos
    18-21, F
    May 5, 2011

    My Hands

    i bite them all the time. when i am stressed out, when i am on the bus or train, when i am in class, when im on the phone, when im watching movies. well, some good things are... right now im not in school, im riding my bike instead of taking public transit, and im rarely talking...
    pushit pushit
    1 Response May 17, 2008
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