- Restrict yourself to biting the nails on just one hand and then on only one nail. You'll soon be inspired to grow out the bitten one.
- Every day apply scented hand lotion or an anti-nail-biting cream.The disgusting flavor will keep you from nibbling your nails.
- Try using glue on nails for a few weeks so your own nails can grow underneath.
After practicing those previous tips and you've broke your nail biting habit, try these techniques to maintain them:
- Protein allows your nails to grow strong and healthy. Eat two portions a day: fish, meat, soy, dairy, and beans.
- When washing the dishes, be sure to wear latex gloves. Soaking your hands in water weakens your nails.
- When your nails start to grow, keep them in shape with a nail file or an emery board to keep them from breaking (Never file back and forth, as it can cause the nail layers to split).
- When you file your nails, make sure they are dry and file in one direction only, at a 45 degree angle under the nail.
- Never file down into the sides of your nail. That can really weaken your nails and cause infection.
- Never use your nail as a tool. Find the right tool for the job instead of taking the risk of growing your nail all over again.
- Once a week, soak your nails in a bowl of olive oil for ten minutes. Then wipe away access oil with a cotton ball.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter.
- Nails grow about 1/8 inch a month.
- Your middle finger nail grows the quickest while your thumb nail grows the slowest.
- If you've lost a nail because of an accident, it'll take about six months to grow back.
- A child's nail grows more quickly than an adult's.
- Toe nails grow slower than finger nails.