Breaking the Nail Biting Habit? Here’s a Gorgeous Hack that’ll Help!
Nail Biting is a tough habit to break… whether you’ve been trying to quit for years, or you’ve recently decided to try to kick it, it can be a challenge to let your nails grow long and strong.
No one has a definitive answer for why about 20% of the population has this habit - most evidence points to it functioning as a way of calming down when stressed...and creating stimulation when bored.
Whatever the root cause, it can get men and women alike hooked on a good feeling when you even out uneven nails, and the positivity that comes with feeling well-groomed. But unfortunately… most women would rather not bite their nails and try to quit at some point.
There is a barrage of methods - just try googling it and you’ll find a ton of suggestions ranging from polishes to gloves to phone apps.
And there are lots of good reasons to give this habit the boot. Biting your nails opens a path for infections to take root, and can cause permanent damage to your nail bed.
Apart from the gimmicks, most methods follow one of two philosophies about quitting - you either make the experience of biting your nails so unbearably unpleasant that you won’t be tempted to try it anymore. Or, you find other ways to handle the kinds of situations that usually lead to nail-biting.
A bitter-tasting polish would fall into the former group while keeping a stress ball nearby would fall into the second category.
But there are ways to make quitting a habit the start of something beautiful - literally, by getting your nails done with a non-biteable manicure finish.
Instead of punishing yourself with an unpleasant deterrent, or trying to completely re-work your daily habits, getting your nails done is more of a celebration.
Regular polish usually doesn’t do the trick… it’s too thin and therefore can still give way to teeth. But other styles of manicures work beautifully because they’re thick enough to be unbeatable.
Dip nails are actually the perfect anti-bite mani because with at-home kits they’re totally affordable, and quick. Plus, if applied properly a dip mani lasts up to six weeks, so they’re low maintenance too!
In fact, we get reviews all the time from women who love our DipWell acrylic dip system kits because they help them not bite their nails….without spending extra money to have them done professionally every few weeks.
With a dip manicure, your nails (real or artificial) are coated in layers of a special base coat and dipped into super-fine acrylic powder, then cured with activator. The end result is nails with super-saturated color (check out our glitter powders too!), and a high-gloss finish.
You can do an at-home dip mani in about half an hour. And another added bonus is that unlike with gel manicures, you don’t have to scrape at your nails to remove the product when it grows out! You can simply soak with acetone at home (we include full instructions with our kits).
And their thickness makes them pretty much indestructible - no chips around here.
So if you’re tired of trying bad-tasting, or awkwardly obvious methods to kick nail-biting to the curb, then try treating yourself to something beautiful. You deserve it.
Written by Anna Bradshaw