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    • elise

      After years of trying *~ALL**the**ThiNgs~* I finally succeeded after deciding I wanted to have nails, and committing to it. I wish it had been a magic product, but really it was finding the willpower to stop. I started taking Biotin, and every time I found myself biting my nails I actually stopped. (Instead of thinking- “Why are you doing this?!” and continuing, like before.) When I grew some baby nails, I put on nail strengthening polish, and made sure my nails were always painted and my cuticles always moisturized. I also keep a small glass file along with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream in my wallet so I’m always prepared. Since I can’t handle a chip in my polish (and I get bored easily) I paint my nails about twice a week, but with the Seche Vite topcoat I use, they look salon painted. (Ain’t nobody got $$$ for that many manicures.) Because I paint them myself, I splurge on whatever polish strikes my fancy, which makes it all the more fun to paint them all the time. tl;dr Willpower, taking care of your nails inside out, being prepared with tools so you never resort to picking, and keeping them painted all the time.

    • elise

      I’ve been biting my nails since I had teeth. Growing up I (my mom) tried all kinds of things: I tried wearing that disgusting tasting polish (possibly called “No Bite!”?,) covering my nails with acrylic nails hoping my own would grow in underneath, and the ever popular getting yelled at every time my hands got even close to my mouth. The first time I was able to grow any kind of a nail was my freshman year of college. I bought nail strengthening polish, and an arsenal of nail supplies, and actually wanted to grow out my nails myself. I wish I could say it was some magic product, but really it was just finding the willpower to control myself. I still have off months when one nail breaks and I can’t help but to pick at the rest of them, and the first 2-3 weeks are the hardest when growing them back, but taking really good care of my nails helps. I take biotin every day and keep a small glass nail file in my wallet along with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream so I always have the proper tools and don’t resort to picking. When they look good, I don’t want to pick at them, so I paint my nails about twice a week (Ain’t nobody got $$$ for that many manicures.) I also love the Seche Vite topcoat, it looks like gel but removes like regular polish and makes my at home manicures look like salon quality. Once you finally grow them out, it helps to experiment with different nail shapes to see which one works for you, I’ve found that oval nails are strongest and break the least for me! TLDR; Actually wanting to grow them out myself, and committing to it. Taking good care of my nails from the inside out, having tools to take care of them with me at all times, and painting them prettily all the time.