Confessions of a Nail Biter: how to stop biting your nails

Hi, my name is Alice and I am a nail biter. I just had a relapse recently and want to take you with me in my journey to recovering my long and healthy nails.

I used to bite my nails compulsively all through high school. I remember my best friend trying to make me stop by calling me out every time I was going at it without even realizing. My parents were doing the same at home, to the point that I would fight with my dad because he wouldn't shut up about it. At the age of 18, during the last year of high school, I met my first boyfriend and within a few months of dating him I had stopped biting my nails and stopped smoking. I still do not know what was really the cause of this change because it had never been a conscious choice of biting in the first place. In any case, I haven't been biting my nails for almost ten years until a few weeks ago.

It started off with peeling off my nail polish and it escalated to full on nail biting during my Dutch class. I was mortified but couldn't stop. The irregularity of the nails bothered me and while trying to fix it, I was just ripping more nail off. 

Since my will power wasn't working, I decided to try the Kiko Stop Biting Bitter Taste Nail Lacquer. This is a "strengthening nail polish with a bitter (really horrible) taste that will help fight the nail biting habit". This polish tastes SOOOOO unbelievably bad that I haven't even been going close to my nails in the past few days. Even worst, I cannot lick my fingers after eating some delicious food. Another drawback is that this is not a very good base coat for other nail polishes. On the contrary, any colored polish i put on top of it will peel off within the first two days, so I am punished with a few weeks of natural nails until I can revert to my standard base coats.

So I guess the bitter taste is working for now and I am looking forward to growing out my nails again and showing you all the gorgeous new pastel nail polishes I bought for spring!

Did you ever bite your nails? If yes, how did you get out of it? I would love some suggestions that don't taste this bad!


  1. I cant use this stuff as dealing with food all the time its hard to as it transfers do you find this transfers to food?

  2. ill have to suggest this to my friends! ive never bit my nails before

  3. I wonder if this would prevent my mister from biting his, he is terrible x

  4. Ohh, I think I need to get this for my husband! He's a compulsive nail biter and hardly has any nails left. I doubt I'd get him to put a "nail polish" on though lol :)

  5. I have never been a nail biter but this looks like it would work for those who are!

    My sister is a nail biter. May give it to her. xxx

  6. I have never been one to bite my nails, but my hubby is, so I need to pick it up for him. xx

    Pink Frenzy

  7. I'm going to share this with my daughter who is a compulsive nail biter.

  8. Ha, very good trick to stopping your habit - I've never been a nail biter myself but my mom was and she just began to get acrylic nails and totally stopped.

  9. The Made Up MaidenMarch 19, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    Aw...I've never been a nail biter myself, but this sounds like an excellent way to deter you from biting! Hopefully it doesn't take you too long to kick the habit so you can stop using it! I've heard that getting gel/acrylic nails does help prevent you from biting, just like JHolliday states. I know that's what worked for a friend of mine!

  10. I used to bite my nails in high school, but I've always been bad at biting the hangnails off! :( It's why I literally carry nail clippers with me everywhere I go.

  11. Thankfully I've never been a nail biter, I can imagine it's a really hard habit to get out of though, especially if you don't realise you're doing it!

    Jess xo

  12. Thou Shalt Not CovetMarch 25, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Well I wasn't a nail biter, till I was about 8 and I decided it was cool because my firmed did it! (oh dear) luckily I stopped soon after starting! xx

  13. I'm currently trying to kick the habit as well. I've found that twiddling a coin around in my hands (during bite-prone times) has helped. But, first, I of course had to figure out WHEN my bite-prone times were. They're usually brought on by boredom. Having the coin has helped my idle hands stay busy - and away from my mouth! Also, keeping mints with me has helped. If I need something in my mouth, in goes a mint! Or, even gum, if it's available.


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