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    15 Things Every Nail-Biter Needs To Finally Stop For Good

    Is it hard to stop? Yes. Can these help? ABSOLUTELY.

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    1. A bitter-tasting varnish that has already helped thousands of people kick the pesky habit. It dries clear, but you'll know it's there. Basically, its taste is *super* sharp and strong so your brain is trained to say "I DON'T WANT THIS AT ALL" every time you go to munch.

    Don't worry, it's bitter but it's harmless! Totally edible, just unpleasant. It also lasts longer than most drugstore habit-breaking polishes — and works to stop kids from sucking their thumbs!

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. I've been a terrible nail-biter since I was a young child, and I tried everything to stop. I hated my hands and was so ashamed of how they looked, but I couldn't help it. I tried rubber bands, mindfulness meditation, Pavlok, and all sorts of other 'no bite' polishes that looked awful and washed off too quickly/didn't taste bad enough to be a deterrent. I committed to putting a layer of this on every other day, and it's now been three months and my nails look amazing. The urge to bite has lessened, but I don't think it will ever go away, so I plan to use this polish for years to come. The taste is so strong and immediately bitter, and it really lingers on your lips and tongue for a while. It's an amazing product, and I highly recommend it." —Lydia G Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.50.

    To learn more about why people swear by this, check out "This Miracle Polish Just Might Get You To Stop Biting Your Nails".

    2. A stainless steel spinner ring so every time you get stressed and want to pick or bite you can fidget with this instead. Reviewers say this serves as a great distraction for releasing any restlessness!


    Promising review: "I've had this ring for about two weeks now and just had to write a review. I've had the nervous/bored habit of picking at my fingers since I was a kid. I can't remember the last time I've not had at least one nail bed torn up and bloody. For people with similar habits, I can't recommend this ring enough. It's a great, non-distracting way to redirect fidgety behaviors. I've worn it every day since receiving it and for the first time in years I have intact nail beds! Every time I catch myself starting to pick at a dry patch of skin or uneven cuticle on my finger, I rotate the ring a few times and the impulse disappears." —KGL

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in sizes 4-12 and six colors).

    3. A Revlon gel top coat for giving yourself cheap at-home manis that'll actually last awhile. If you paint your nails to stop yourself from biting only to resume the habit as soon as the polish chips, this is the answer.

    This is actually how I got myself to kick the habit! I would get manicures to bribe myself to stop biting, but would get right back to it as soon as I saw even one chip. Gel polish forced me to stay away from my cuticles long enough for me to overcome the reflex.

    Promising review: "This works on every kind of nail polish. Obviously it pairs best with Revlon Gel Envy products, but I use this topcoat on all my nail polishes. Not only is it super shiny but it also lasts long!! Maybe not as long as a professional manicure, but I can have a great at home manicure for an entire week without chipping. A+ product! I’ll continue to purchase this." —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97 (available in 55 shades).

    4. And! An Orly easy-off base coat specifically designed for removing gel polish, because you'll need to start fresh the minute the polish wears off and the urge to bite comes back. Use this to easily get rid of the old gel mani and then put on a fresh coat STAT.,

    Get it from Walmart for $11.94.

    5. A weighted blanket that'll ensure you get a good night's sleep so you're well-rested and alert enough to fight the urge to bite. Reviewers say this actually helps to reduce anxiety, stress, and insomnia — aka just some of the reasons many of us attack our nail beds.


    It comes in three sizes and 10 weights (the lightest weight is a popular option for kids!).

    Promising review: "This is the BEST purchase I have ever made. I have been an insomniac for years and have never successfully been treated. Even with many doctors appointments and medications — NOTHING worked! On top of that I have RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). I thought I would give this blanket a try. This product is not advertised for RLS but it absolutely should be! I have had my blanket for three days and I have been basically sleeping in a coma-like state!!! It is the soundest and best sleep I have ever had in my life. And the comforting weight on my legs and boy just eases those RLS symptoms and drifts me off to a sound sleep!!! It is so hard to describe the feeling of peace and comfort the minute you lay it on your body. I actually ordered the 15-pound blanket for my weight and height because I wanted the extra weight just in case. I decided to go ahead an order a second one if I have an emergency situation and need even more weight on my legs. This product is phenomenal to say the least!!!" —DeAnn Barksdale

    Get it from Amazon for $68.50+ (available in six colors and prints).

    6. A Cuccio cuticle oil so you can nurse your torn-up fingers back to health. It comes in two formulas (milk and honey and pomegranate and fig), both of which not only heals cracked cuticles, but protects them from becoming damaged again. Meaning, you'll soon start to see them improve and actually want to *keep* them that way.

    Not to mention almost every review says both formulas smell ah-mazing.

    Promising review: "I love this. I really do. I’ve been a nail-biter my entire life. I’ve been embarrassed to show my hands and I would chew and chew until my fingers were bleeding and raw and just moving my hand hurt SO much. This oil healed my hands in just a few days after putting it on morning and night. In three weeks, you’d never think I was a nail biter!" —D

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29+ (available in two formulas).

    7. A set of squishy eggs for both relieving stress and building up grip strength. They come in three resistance levels so you can work your way up while also preventing any nail biting or picking when your boss starts to stress you the eff out.

    Promising review: "I tend to get anxious and nervous a lot and needed something I could focus on and fidget with instead of biting my nails or picking at my face. I have to say I am very pleased with this product. I enjoy the texture and like that there is a soft, medium, and firm option in the set. I also like that I can easily put it in my pocket. I’d recommend this product." —Gebriel

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A cuticle and nail oil pen, because this'll drastically repair brittle, damaged nails in just three days' time. Its ~initial hydration treatment~ requires you to apply this oil consistently for the first three days so that your fingertips are totally saturated in its healing ingredients. The result: strong, shiny nails that actually GROW.

    It recommends that you apply it 8-15 times a day for the first three days to REALLY get the most out of its nourishing formula of jojoba wax ester (a v hydrating ingredient), vitamins A and E, and grape seed and tea tree oil. It'll reduce hangnails and encourage faster nail growth so that you can watch results, instead of giving up and going back to biting.

    Promising review: "I love this product! I have been a nail-biter all my life, and because of that my nails are weak and peel easily. I have never been able to grow them out, and I've tried everything (hardeners, coconut oil, strengtheners, etc). Nothing worked. This nail oil does. After just the three day hydration challenge, I see and feel a difference in my nails. I totally recommend!! The picture I provided (above) was after three days!" —Jarrett Hansen

    Get it from Amazon for $7.45 (available in three scents).

    9. A bottle of HUM nail supplements that'll use the power of biotin (a popular B-complex vitamin for promoting nail and hair growth) to strengthen and thicken weak nails so that it'll be a heck of a lot harder to chow down on 'em.

    It'll also help you nails grow faster!

    Promising review: "I just bought my third bottle and I am in love! My hair grows so fast and my nails, which are usually pathetic and weak, can last weeks without breaking or peeling. I've seen the same dosage of biotin sold for higher and some lower, but honestly this works — and it's a nice middle ground for the price." —ALynneil

    Get a pack of 60 from Sephora for $20 or get a similar biotin supplement from Amazon for $9.79.

    10. A bottle of conditioning oil with a hydrating combo of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E so you can treat yourself to some *self-care* while creating stronger nails and softer cuticles. A nightly routine of this + Netflix = a quick path to MUCH healthier manis.

    Promising review: The picture on the left (above) is right after the first application, and the picture on the right is a few weeks after. They still have a long way to go (my cuticles are a mess from picking at them), but my nails have length to them! As a nail-biter, it’s been awhile since I haven’t had to completely cut them off due to them peeling and breaking." —Emily D Marvin

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    11. A compact nail file for keeping your nails neat and rounded. We both know the minute there's even a HINT of a hangnail or jagged edge you'll go in for the kill, so this'll help to avoid that.


    Promising review: "Paper emery boards always wear out around the edges. I tend to keep my nails short because I work with my hands. This is the perfect solution. It lasts longer than emery boards and you can get in closer to short nails." —Brotherisatechie

    Get a pack of two from Walmart for $4.44.

    12. A jar of Hard as Hoof strengthening cream, because this'll make your nails SO incredibly strong that it would be extremely difficult and unpleasant to try to bite them. In fact, you may find yourself at the dentist afterwards — who would tell you to stop biting your nails.

    It's loaded with calcium, vitamins, and hydrogenated jojoba oil to make your nails tougher than, well, nails. Plus it's coconut-scented and conditions your cuticles!

    Promising review: "I have been biting my nails for YEARS and every time I manage to grow them out, I have to fight the first few 'rounds' of breakage. My nails split or break for a while which normally results in me returning to bite them incessantly. This product has helped me grow out my nails with MINIMAL breakage — mostly self-inflicted. My nails are surprisingly strong considering their usual abuse. I love the coconut smell; it's not overwhelming, but it is definitely there and it lingers just right. It's not greasy and it absorbs right in." —Mackenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    13. A therapeutic journal that'll encourage you to vent all of your frustrations (as angrily as you want) whenever you need to do SOMETHING about your feelings. Step one: get your fingers out of your dang mouth. Step two: unleash into the journal.


    It features 70 quotes about how FRUSTRATING life can be so you know you're not alone. Each page has p-l-e-n-t-y of space to write down all your woes, plus at the end you can rate your level of stress (from steaming tea kettle to huge explosions).

    Promising review: "This is a fun little book. It's entertaining and is good for keeping your mind off of the stress going on in your life." —radtech

    Get it from Amazon for $11.25+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A set of finger sleeves so you can REALLY keep your nails from your mouth if you truly don't trust yourself. Good luck trying to chew through its gel material.

    Promising review: "Not to give a whole life story here but if anyone is searching for something to help with anxiety, OCD, or is just unable to leave your poor fingers alone then these finger cots are pure magic. It not only disables my ability to pick and pull and rub at my fingers and nails, but the way they comfortably but tightly hold my fingertips relieves my urge to even think about it. It feels like an extra layer of skin so I can continue on with my day (changing diapers, working full-time typing, and answering phones without the pain of everything touching my sore wounds). I can function without the constant pain and reminder of my condition. I was at a loss, thinking there was no help for this, until I found this amazing product. I have hope for the first time that these wounds will heal and stay healed!" —Sarah

    Get a set of 14 from Amazon for $10.99.

    15. A portable nail care kit for maintaining your hard work when you finally make some improvement. A great way to distract yourself from biting is ironically nurturing healthy and manicured nails!


    This set includes nail clippers for finger and toenails, peeling knives, cuticle trimmers, toenail nipper, nail file, V-shaped push stick, eyebrow tweezers, multi-purpose scissor, and a blackhead needle.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this manicure set. It has everything you could ever need to give yourself a professional manicure. I love the carry case, which makes it easier to keep track of everything. I am extremely pleased with my purchase. It's built extremely well, I have no doubt that it will last a very long time." —Mary Limburg

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    Most importantly, don't give up! Check out more tips from people who share how they successfully stopped biting their nails! It's hard, but YOU CAN DO IT!


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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