I am embarrassed of my nails. I've bitten ever since I can remember. It's the hardest thing to stop. But there is good news!
Breaking this habit (or in my case, addiction) shows quick and visible results within days! Bitten or damaged nails grow back faster than normal nails as a form of protection!
Day one. Nobody wants to have these nails. Biting is usually caused by anxiety or stress. Recognize WHEN you bite your nails and WHY.
Day two. Like I said, results are visible almost the next day. When you recognize what makes you bite, pay attention and avoid biting. Improvements will also make you proud and will help.
Day three. The nail bed will begin to expand. If your cuticles are long, apply moisturizer, push them back and clip. They are long as they are protecting the rest of your nail. Cuticles are dead skin
Day four. Free edge will begin to develop. This is the white at the end. This is the nail that is growing off of the nail bed. Also, trimming cuticles make the nail appear longer, and helps it breathe
Day five. Your cuticles will no longer grow out like before, as they do not need to protect the nail anymore. Buffing will get rid of ridges and smooth out the nail. Do this once a month.
Day 6. Filing back your nails is healthy. Do this once a week. NOT A LOT! Only do it slightly. Also, the "half moon" at the top should be visible. This may take a few days of pushing cuticles back.
Day 7. What a difference! Moisturizing the nail and cuticles is healthy! Do this as much as you'd like! Also, nail hardener is another good idea! Apply two coats
Day 10. This much of an improvement will almost stop you from biting. Remember: healthy cuticles means a healthy nail! It is good to have a bit of a cuticle, but not a lot, as shown in the next slide
This is the cuticle protecting the nail. This needs to be removed. If you continue biting, your cuticles will grow back out.
Relapsing is expected. It is a step in recovery. Do not be disappointed in yourself. Always remember that they will grow back and this is NORMAL. just start over! They will grow back quickly!
These are my nails as of now. I relapsed very badly, but like I said, this is normal. It looks stupid, but it really helps if I wear surgical gloves. I can't pick at my nails nor can I feel them.
Try again! You can do it! You are not alone! If you have any questions, leave a comment! I will be happy to answer them!
these are my nails now :)))) weird nail polish, I was attempting an ombre look. But it's stopped me from biting!! Thought I'd give you guys am update :))) KEEP GOING!!
This is helping me! I'm recording how many hours I haven't bitten my nails :) try it!
They're growing :) 18 hours already looks better<3
This hurt. Just gotta start over :)
They're a little better. Been nipping
Yes!! Over a week of not biting!! Don't want to bite anymore after this much progress! Keep up they good work, everyone!
Yes!! Look, guys! Progress!!
Can paint my nails<3
Dirty nails, but look at the length!!
Peels off the polish so we could see :)) look at the progress!!!
Dirty, and about to file down :)
THESE DONT EVEN LOOK LIKE MY NAILS ANYMORE:O keep it up guys!!!!
Real! In the middle of painting! IM SO HAPPY :)
Look at this!!! Almost at the end of my finger!! Longest I've ever had them
Everyone has their day, right?? In didn't hurt the nail bed, so that's good. Just suffered from a very bad sequence of anxiety attacks and couldn't help it. But guess what? THEY'LL GROW BACK ^.^
I relapsed everyone. Trying again!!! Each time I go longer! Keep up the good work everyone
It's gotten really bad guys.... I wanna take scissors and slice off the nails now... I've done that before. But I won't. Gonna try again
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