1. Confront your problem. Get a camera and take some pictures of your bitten fingernails. Examine your nails, and list their problems.
2. Visualize yourself with healthy nails, and how great they will look.
3. Pick at least one nail to "protect" at a time.
* After a few days, an non-bitten nail will flourish and reward you. Do not bite it. If you must, bite one of the 'unprotected' ones. Sometimes it helps knowing that you have another nail to bite, even if you don't actually nibble at any unprotected ones.
* Once you have grown your non-bitten nail for a while, start protecting another one. And another. And another, until every single nail is protected.
4. Eat calcium and magnesium - rich foods so that your nails will repair and grow well. Not only that, but most of the reason that the human body wants to bite nails is the lack of calcium and magnesium in the body and the body needs that material back.
5. Push your cuticles back. Many nail-biters do not have "moons" on the base of their fingernails because their cuticles have not been pushed back. To do this, gently push your cuticles towards your finger to reveal more of your nail. This is easier to do after a shower when your hands and nails are wet. This makes the nail appear longer, and it gives a more attractive shape, which might also be a motivation to stop biting.
6. Find a habit to take the place of nail biting. Whenever you have the urge to bite, do that instead. Some people like to drum their fingers, or just stare at their hands. Just make sure it's not a bad habit; choose a helpful one or one that doesn't really matter either way. 'Bitrex' is a chemical that is put in products to make them taste foul, obtained from your local pharmacy. It's included in nibble inhibitors that you paint on to your nails. Carry some with you at all times. Apply your nasty solution several times a day. If you get used to the taste, choose another brand.
7. Distract your mouth. Eat carrot sticks to keep you busy. Keep a stick of gum handy for those weak moments.
No more idle hands..
No more idle hands..
Distract your hands by taking up a hobby.
* A hobby to distract your hands might be making models or maintaining your house, knitting or crochet, running or other outside pursuits, or even nail care and decoration! Distract your hands at times when you usually bite your nails ( car rides, sitting in class, watching TV, ect...).
* For those whose nail biting is obsessive/compulsive it may help to approach your hobby obsessively.
9. Cover your nails. For females, fit artificial nails. They can really help. For guys, polish them and apply some shine/growth promoter or petroleum jelly. It's harder to bite nails that are looking great!
* Keep gloves in your back pocket and wear them when you want to bite.
10. If you have any surplus growth, cut your nails back. Keep clippers with you at all times. You can't bite if there's nothing there!
11. Speaking about your nails will help to focus your mind on your goals. Ask for help from your partner(s). Keep talking about your goals.
* Show off your improved nails', and get much-needed encouragement and praise from your peers.
12. Be proud of your improving nails. They will shine with beauty.
13. Go for a manicure, and chat with the manicurist about having great nails.
* If you are male and you go in for a manicure and anyone gives you grief for not being manly, just say you are taking radical steps, whatever it takes. That should be manly enough for anyone.
14. Keep looking after your nails, with cuticle oil, shine and growth promoter, and no biting!