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Confessions of a Chronic Nail Biter

By Ilana Weiner

Yeah I’m a nail biter. And I’ll admit that I am a tad bit defensive about it. People still judge nail biters. As if there is something wrong with us. Psychologically wrong with us. Which is kinda true. Part of the nail biting is a nervous thing. Part of it is boredom. And part of it is just that I don’t like how long nails look or feel on my hands.

The picture came out funny but at least you can see that I don’t chew off my fingers like some nail bitters. I just bite the nails off.

I’ve tried lots of tricks throughout the years. Nasty tasting polish that doesn’t taste that bad. Getting hard as rock acrylics that I was still able to bite through. Hynosis. No I’m kidding. I never tried that. At least not for nail biting. And no, hypnosis didn’t help the million other problems I thought it might help.

Truth be told I would get a manicure once a week if I ever won the lottery. That’s part of the problem that I have with nail polish. It just doesn’t last. If you have your hands in water it really doesn’t last. And the best manicures really do come from professionals. I put manicures into the beauty category of things that you can do yourself but turn out better when the professional does them (bang trims, brazilian waxing, single process hair color).

Then I read about Shellac, a new gel overlay that claims to give you chip free nails for up 14 days. Seems like a miracle. Until you see the cost. One salon advertised it at $40 dollars a service. I’m not quite ready to splurge on my nails. Beauty is all about spending priorities. I will spend $60 for someone to color my hair or $30 on a great moisturizer but nails have never been high on my list. So $40 seems crazy and $10 for a manicure that gets chipped in a week seems like a waste. My friend Bianca has the nail hookup so she’s going to get the expensive Shellac manicure at a discount and let me know how it is.

Here’s a short video about the Shellac gel nail polish from CND:

I do feel the need to put something on my naked nails though. Right now my favorite thing is Sally Girl glitter polish. 99 cents at Sally’s and you can reapply as often as you like. There are never any chips since you are just putting a clear polish on with pieces of glitter. And it lasts pretty long even if your hands are in the water. I usually reapply once a week and keep it next to the computer so that I remember.


I would love to hear from you what your favorite nail tricks are. Have you gone for the expensive polish? Ever worked out a trade with your girlfriends? That’s what I find so frustrating about DIY polish. It never goes on as well as someone else doing it. So I’ve always dreamed of a sister that I could trade manicures with. Until that day or I win the lottery, I am going to just stick with cheapo glitter polish.

  • http://thevinylwordandothermusings.blogspot.com Deb

    I used to bite my nails, and I found that I did not do that when I keep my nails nicely manicured. I do my own nails, so I have figured out how to make my manicure last. First, I make sure my nails are clean and dry before applying anything. I use a good top coat and base coat. I wrap my polish and my top coat around my nail tips. Finally, I avoid excessive exposure to water. I wear gloves whenever possible. I also don’t use my nails as tools.

  • Ninjagato

    I don’t bite my nails, I bite my cuticles- so I have crazy hangnails. It’s a response to anxiety so I really have to make myself aware of the fact that I do it.
    As an incentive not to bite I give myself nice manicures (salons always screw up for me) and I use hand lotions every chance I get along with a super thick lotion before bed. It’s been discontinued but Got2B made a fantastic cream called “Hand Shake” that I have multiple tubs of.

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    Nails have never been high on my list either =/ I will paint them every now and then, and they usually chip within 2 days. Then I leave the polish on until it nearly all flakes off :| and it looks disgusting, but I dont care.

    Lately I’ve felt the need to start taking care of my nails though, because I’m experience major splitting. Like WAY worse than usual :(

  • http://www.beautybyilana.com Ilana Weiner

    Deb can I come over and get a manicure from you? :-) Ninjagato, I’m obsessed with hand lotion. Thanks for the Got2B tip I will check them out.