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    Updated on Jun 27, 2020. Posted on Jun 17, 2020

    13 Helpful Products For Anyone Trying To Stop Biting Their Nails

    From bitter polish to other stuff to chew on instead โ€” the nail-biting habit is about to ~bite~ the dust. ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿฟ

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    1. An anti-nail-biting pen to give your nails and cuticles a bitter taste so you're deterred from nibbling on them. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory ingredients like organic aloe leaf juice and organic eucalyptus leaf which are meant to prevent soreness.

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    This is perfect for anyone who needs something more travel-friendly than traditional polishes that may bang against other stuff in your bag and possibly break. Also, several reviewers with children noted that it works just as well for preventing thumb sucking!

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product! My daughter and I both bite our nails. I usually purchase the no-bite nail polish because it's just what I'm used to. This is significantly better for several reasons. 1) It doesn't have that strong nail polish smell. 2) I can put on as we walk out the door because we don't need to wait for it to dry. 3) We both bite around our cuticles and we can apply this to our entire finger if needed because once it dries you can't see it or feel it, unlike the glossy polish. 4) If it spills or drips, then it's not a big deal because it doesn't stain or need to be removed from surfaces." โ€”Meghan

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    2. Transparent, non-glossy polish that can prevent you from making a meal out of your nails thanks to its nasty but harmless taste. It'll also appeal to anyone who doesn't want the shiny look of an official manicure. Unlike the other picks on this list, it's also handwash-resistant so you'll only have to apply it once or twice a week.

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    The handwash-resistant detail will be great for people who need a nail-biting deterrent but also know they aren't going to be committed enough to daily application. Heads up: Since this stuff is meant to last and last, several reviewers noted that you should probably take a fork to your favorite finger foods from now on because you'll taste it. BTW, it's vegan and gluten-free ๐Ÿ‡!

    Promising review: "it arrived well packaged and in good condition. It is also working. It tastes AWFUL. So, when I do try and bite my nails: ๐Ÿคฎ. It's worth it" โ€”Kristyn Zaishnikov

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    3. A glass nail file in case your go-to method for not biting your nails is to keep 'em short so there's nothing extra to chomp on. The glass design (as opposed to the typical emory board you're prob used to) will leave the ends of your nails sealed so the edges are smooth and don't peel.

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    Promising review: "The first time I got a glass nail file, I didn't know the difference between the painted grit and actual etching. HUGE DIFFERENCE! My first cheapy file lasted a month. These ones (I bought three) have lasted MONTHS and are still like new. That's how you can tell these are made of genuine etched glass. They are omnidirectional and leave your nail tips feeling smooth. I keep one in both bathrooms as well as one in my purse, because if I have a nail file near me then I won't bite my nails!! :)" โ€”NaySAO

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in seven colors).

    4. Nail growth and strengthening cream that'll soothe your cuticles and thicken up your nails. It'll be good for anyone who's less prone to biting their nails when they can just get them to grow back out prettier and stronger.

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    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 (mostly self-inflicted) breakage. My nails are surprisingly strong considering their usual abuse. I'm getting my mom this for Mother's Day because I know she'll love it too. I love the coconut smell since it's not overwhelming but it is definitely there and it lingers just right. Don't put it on your nails just before you eat because it does taste icky. Think bitter like nail polish remover but not so bad. It's not greasy and it absorbs right in." โ€”Mackenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94

    5. A bottle of nail lacquer to keep close by if the key to you minimizing nibbling is to just keep 'em painted in super luxe shades at all times.

    Mischa Beauty

    BTW, all the polishes by this Mischa brand (black- and woman-owned brand, BTW) are vegan and cruelty-free! They're also 10-free which means they don't have the top 10 unhealthy toxins in their ingredients list which include formaldehyde, parabens, camphor, and more.

    Get the bottle on the left from Mischa Beauty for $20 and the one on the right for $20 (multiple other colors available).

    6. AND! Nail polish remover that'll clear away chipped nail polish as sooooooon as it appears so you can get a fresh layer of paint on those fingers, stat.

    A reviewer's hand holding a bottle of the remover. It has the brand name "Mineral Fusion" on it.
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    This polish remover has a nondrying formula with no acetone so you get all the paint off of your nails without stripping them of moisture. It's also cruelty-free and vegan. Plus, it was made in the US.

    Promising review: "This nail polish remover was worth the extra couple of dollars over what you can find in a store like Walmart or Target. One cotton ball with this stuff can remove nail polish from an entire hand, which is great considering that I used to have to use two to three cotton balls when trying to remove polish, regardless of color. The smell is not super but the ease is there so I would recommend it." โ€”Brianne Ross

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (and don't forget the cotton balls you'll need).

    7. A fidget toy or jewelry piece so you can keep those hands busy when you feel the urge to bite your nails or pick at your cuticle skin.

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    They'll also help you redirect nervous energy so you don't pick at your face, touch your lips, or rub your eyes.

    Get the fidget cube from Amazon for $9.99 (available in nine styles) and the fidget spinner ring for $6.99+ (available in sizes 4โ€“12 and seven styles).

    8. Customized reusable press-on nails because you prob won't nibble at your fingertips if they're covered with an elaborate design. Going the press-on route is also way easier, cheaper, and healthier for your nails than resorting to longer-term extensions at the salons.

    Ethereally Touched Nails

    I'm obsessed with this press-on nail shop, Ethereally Touched Nails, because it offers ANY set on its website in a variety of finger sizes AND lengths. So, even though I'm not into super long nails like the ones in the model photos, I can still just order them in my preferred shorter length without an extra charge for the customization. The site also provides an easy-to-follow guide for finding your nail size so you get the perfect fit.

    Also, heads up: It's a UK-based Black-owned business so it sells press-ons in pounds (ยฃ), not dollars. This means the dollar amount you pay will be slightly higher. Luckily, you can pay with your card (and get your dollar amount based on your bank's conversion rate) OR pay via PayPal which has its own conversion rate and will reveal the dollar amount at checkout.

    Get the Cora press-ons on the left from Ethereally Touched Nails for $37.25 and the Cruella style on the right for $35.92 (available in four shapes, four sizes, and five lengths; each set comes with 10 press-on nails for each finger).

    9. OR simpler reusable press-ons to help you maintain your less-is-more natural look while keeping your nails hidden from your teeth ๐Ÿ˜ฌ.

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    Heads up: These press-ons come with glue stickers as opposed to regular glue BUT numerous reviewers noted that those stickers actually suck. Just snag some traditional nail glue so you get the best experience out of these. The press-ons and the glue together are still cheaper than what you'd pay for a full acrylic French tip set. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ

    Promising review: "I am a nail-biter. The only thing that stops me from biting my nails is this. I use a liquid adhesive made for these nails to attach them. I cut them short and then polish them with matte nail polish." โ€”Zed

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99 (available in a pack of 240 pieces).

    10. A chewable shark tooth necklace just for kiddos who need something (anything!) in their mouth to replace their go-to fingers.

    Three shark tooth necklaces that all have different colors including blue, white, and black
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    It's lead-free and made of food-grade silicone so adults and kids alike can chew it. The necklace is also designed with an adjustable, breakaway string so it'll be safe for playful kids to wear around their necks without the risk of neck damage.

    Promising review: "We purchased this for our 5-year-old son who tends to be sensory seeking. The necklace was great. He loved the shark tooth design and it's multi-textured which he likes and has successfully transferred to chewing the necklace versus his fingers. Our main concern was safety and so far it's super sturdy, has a breakaway string (very critical for a small child), and is easy to wash at the end of the day with dish soap." โ€”SSarkey

    Get three from Amazon for $11.99.

    11. Individual finger gloves โ€” yes, for all you anti-fake nails and polish folks โ€” that'll be definitely help your fingers take cover while you get over the nail-biting habit.

    A reviewer's hand wearing individual latex covers for each finger
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    These'll be especially great for the initial stages of your anti-nail biting journey when you're simply trying to break yourself out of the habit. If you do like the polish or the press-ons, then these could also help reinforce those protections.

    Promising review: "I bought this to avoid biting my nails and it works perfectly. You can keep doing everything including using your phoneโ€™s screen. My daughter was also delighted with these since sheโ€™s an esthetician and they are awesome for her while working on extractions and facials." โ€”Maria E. Gonzalez

    Get them from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in a pack of 210 and two sizes).

    12. A nail-biting treatment set that'll come with no-bite polish plus a bottle of a bitter additive so you can increase the nastiness of the taste to match your voracious appetite for your nails.

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    It's odorless, waterproof, vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Yay! Per the reviews, some bitter polishes don't really work very well as a deterrent because they're not quite nasty enough. You'll get all the nasty you can handle with the additive in this set!

    Promising review: "This product worked for me! After 50 years of being a nail biter and wearing acrylic nails, I finally have my own nails!! I love it!" โ€”Snookie3

    Get it from Amazon for $14.74.

    13. A Cuccio cuticle oil to soothe torn up fingers and get them back to a healthier state. It'll heal cracked cuticles and prevent additional damage. When you see how pretty your fingers are (and smell how good they'll smell), you'll want to keep them that way FOREVA.

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    Promising review: "I love this. I really do. Iโ€™ve been a nail-biter my entire life. Iโ€™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, youโ€™d never think I was a nail biter!" โ€”D

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two formulas).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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