My good friend Melissa was a nail biter through and through. Whenever I would take a look at her nail beds, they would be bloody with her nails ground down to a pulp.
Then, she learned how to cure her problem. As she tells me, it turns out that biting your nails is a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder called Onychophagia.
Who knew?! After doing some research, she found out that the best way to heal her poor nail beds was to pick up a different, healthy habit. If you are a nail biter like my friend, try these tricks to make your nails healthy, shiny, and long again.
First, find a way to cover the nail. You need to create a barrier that protects your nail from your teeth. Some people use nail polish to try and prevent the biting, but for real chompers, this simply isn’t enough.
There is a new, stronger nail cover called nail dip that works wonders for nail biters. Nail dip is stronger and thicker, making it a lot harder for people to actually make a dent in their nails.
The next step is to create a different obsessive habit that is positive, as opposed to a negative. For example, Melissa puts jojoba oil on her cuticles every time she wants to bite them.
This helps her because she gets to do something routine with her nails when she is nervous or anxious, but she doesn’t actually damage her nail. Instead, she is helping her nail beds by giving them healthy oils to make them stronger and shinier.