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How to Stop Biting Your Nails

How to Stop Biting Your Nails

02.20.15

By semick

Millions habitually bite their nails – and it can have some serious ramifications. Over-biting can leave your nails chomped, ragged, and bloodied, but there’s a few ways you can put an end to the classic bad habit right now:

1. Try a bitter-tasting polish. Mavala Stop is a go-to for most nail biters (you can snag it on Amazon). It’s a transparent polish with a bad taste you paint on your nails. Next time you bite, you’ll be instantly deterred.

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2. Get your nails done. Whether you go the DIY route, or would rather leave it up to the professional, get your nails done well. Having gorgeous nails (especially ones you spent time and money on) will motivate you to keep them looking nice and not looking gnawed.

3. Behavioral conditioning works, and not just for lab rats. Get an elastic hair tie and secure it around your wrist. Next time you get the urge to bite, snap it against your wrist.

Cover image: Alice Carrier via Flickr

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