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Tips And Tricks To Stop Biting Your Nails

Updated on November 17, 2012

If you are a fellow nail biter, you know exactly what an annoying, embarrassing habit nail biting is. I've been biting my nails ever since a very young age, and even now at 19, it's still a habit. Ironically enough, I never really cared about my nail biting habit until I started hitting that age when makeup, fashion, and other menial things were suddenly important. Yes, I admit, I only really longed for long, pretty nails until I started becoming aware of how girls nails should look. Girls are so hard on themselves aren't they? You lucky boys..

Anyway, back to the focus of this article! If you struggle with biting your nails, wish for not only gorgeous but healthy nails, and are ready to get rid of this nasty habit, keep reading! For you guys out there that are struggling to stop biting your nails, you can use (almost) all of the same products below.

Try These Products!

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, 0.6 Ounce, Pack of 3
Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, 0.6 Ounce, Pack of 3

I love anything Burt's Bees. I love this cuticle cream.

Softsoap Variety Pack Pumps - 4/8.5 oz.
Softsoap Variety Pack Pumps - 4/8.5 oz.

Excellent hand soaps. Amazing scents and very moisturizing.

OPI Crystal Nail File
OPI Crystal Nail File

This is the perfect nail file. Very gentle (great for sensitive, weak nails) but does the job.


The hardest part of getting those healthy nails you've always wanted is to end your nail biting habit once and for all. I've tried so many different types of methods until I found the one that worked. We'll talk about that method below. Before you run out to buy expensive nail growth supplements and "no-bite" products, you need to sit down and do a little mental homework. There is no purpose to start wasting money on products when you haven't figured out what triggers your nail biting.

  1. When and why do you bite your nails?
    You need to figure out when and why you bite your nails. For example, I bite my nails when I get stressed out, or I'm concentrating deeply on something, or if I'm anxious. Knowing if you're prone to start biting when you're working on a research paper, stressed from housework, or watching an exciting UFC card (am I the only one?), will help you prepare for the times when you may be tempted to start biting again.
  2. Mind Over Matter
    You'll never stop biting your nails unless you tell yourself that you will no longer bite your nails. Sounds easy, but it really isn't. Unless you truly want to stop biting your nails, you'll never end this habit. Getting your mind on your side is the key step. You need to totally commit to ending this habit.
  3. Get help!
    I'm listing this as step 3 since I think it is a very important tool that many people don't mention. It's also one that has greatly helped me in my journey to healthy nails. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, etc that you are trying to stop biting your nails, and if they catch you, to tell you to stop. Many times us nail biters don't even know we are biting! Having some outside eyes is so important in ending your nail biting habit.
  4. Use The Right Products
    There are hundreds of different products made to prevent you from biting your nails. I've only tried a handful; none of which worked but one. Finding that holy grail, nasty tasting, horrific product that will make you think twice about putting your hand anywhere near your mouth will be a godsend. This magical product is called Hoof Hands. Not all stores sell it, but you can purchase it here. This little bottle is an absolute must for those of use who bite our nails. If you are a persistent nail biter, you can actually get used to the taste of "no-bite" products, so you continue your habit. I was in that boat with every product but this one. Here is a short list of products to get.
    • Hoof Hands nail product
    • A nail strengthening polish (something that not only strengthens but nourishes your nail)
    • Cuticle oil
    • A nail file and clippers
  5. Stay Consistent
    Once you start this journey, don't stop. Follow "My Method" below everyday.
  6. Indulge
    Though your nails may not be so pretty right now, so what? They'll be lovely soon enough. Treat yourself to manicures and new polishes. Spoil yourself with new polishes every once in a while. Trust me. When your nails look nicely polished and healthy, you are less inclined to bite them.

My Method

This is the method I recommend. It is short, sweet and quick! You'll have great results and excellent, consistent nail growth by following these steps.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly. Use a gentle soap, and be sure to clean around your nails and cuticles. Rinse thoroughly and pat your hands dry. Apply some of your favorite lotion (whether it's a body lotion or hand lotion) to your hands. Once your hands are clean and hydrated, proceed.
  2. Get your cuticle oil, and gently rub a small amount into your cuticle. Massage your cuticles until the oil has sunk right in. Now grab a little cotton ball or piece of tissue and wipe off any excess oil or lotion that is on your nails.
  3. Now apply 2 coats of your Rejuvacote onto your nail and the tip of your nail. This product is the what is going to help you get those healthy nails, and is just as important as the Hoof Hands product. After it has dried, proceed to step 4.
  4. Time for the Hoof Hands! Put on 2 coats of this product. Let it dry and you're all done!

If you decide to wear polish you can do this between step 3 and 4. I recommend following these steps everyday, and step 3 and 4 twice a day (morning & night). I usually use a gentle nail polish remover once a week to remove everything, and shape my nails. Be careful you don't over shape your nails.

Do you bite your nails? And are you ready to stop?!

See results

I hope this Hub has helped you start your journey to gorgeous nails! If you try these products, or decide to start following my method, please let me know how it goes in the comment section below!!


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      Christina 4 years ago

      Where can i find the Hoof hands, it is not in my local Walmart an i could really use it if it really does work as well as everyone says. If you can help me please do, i live in Flordia.

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      sara 4 years ago

      i really want to stop bitting my nails only way i think of it is that "they are poop"

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      hlw 4 years ago

      thank you so much, i have always wanted to stop biting my nails but i never could. I've heard many different methods like typing a lot, soaking in warm water/vinegar. i couldn't find one i liked. until it came to yours, thank you!!!!!

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      Victoria :) 4 years ago

      I have just finished this method, and it worked so well! Thanks sooo much, no i can do designs on my nails like never before!

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      ❤ Rocky ❤ 5 years ago

      I'm 11 and I really hope this will work because my sister keeps telling me " Are you not sick of biting your nail? I mean like think of everything you can do with them like do designs and everything!". I just really don't want to be made fun of so I really hope I won't bite my nails anymore!

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      Marygold 5 years ago

      I am 10 and I hope this works because I dot want to be made fun of but my friends tell me to stop all the time. So I am praying that this works because I have tried pantry my nails and it didn't work and they wear purity and I slit bite them!

      Your friend


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      Nick 5 years ago

      Thanks for the help. And your not the only one i Had no nails buy the end of the silva/sonnen rematch

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      misspeachesx 5 years ago from Northeast, Washington

      I'm so glad I could help Stephanie! I tried so many different brands of "no-bite" polished but Hoof Hands by far exceeds them. It tastes awful but I think healthy hands and nails will be worth it :) Good luck on your journey!!

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      Stephanie 5 years ago

      After reading through this post, I decided to give this method a try. So far I am on day three of the process, and it's been difficult but Hoof Hands is so repulsing that I keep my hands far away from my face as possible. This has been the longest I haven't bitten my nails in over 10 years, hopefully it will break my habit. Thanks for the inspiration to finally stop! :)