I was a nail biter.
You wouldn’t know it to look at me, with trim, tidy nails in a usually understated color. But I was a skittish, nailbiting kid who kept up the habit through adulthood. When my teenaged daughter wanted nice nails for events like proms and sweet sixteens, I gladly paid. It occurred to me that I deserved just as nice but rarely spent the time or money on my own extravagances.
In 2006 I made the decision to no longer be that nervous kid and start treating myself as I wanted to be treated. After wearing tips for about a year I pretty much broke the habit and stopped wearing the fake nails. I learned how to do them myself, although not nearly as professionally as they do in the nail salons. It’s like I made up for lost time, buying more nail polish than I could ever use.
I’m a little sad that I missed the nail-grooming-girl-bonding part of being young, learning a little late that a game face is diminished by ragged nails.I hate the sound of nails clicking on the keyboard, especially of they’re mine. And I don’t wear elaborate or even long nails; they’re not my style.
More importantly, they’re a quiet victory sign. I sometimes lapse back into nailbiter mode but catch myself.
If you’re trying to stop biting your nails here are a few hints:
- Get manis if you can afford them. Investing your earnings in this goal gives it tangible value. Also, manicures can be very relaxing.
- Consider tips or silk wraps until the habit is broken.
- Go for a short, rounded nail. It’s harder to gnaw at and easier to get used to.
- Experiment until you find your style. Have fun with it.
- Flaunt in front of the people who made you most nervous. They no longer have that power over you.
8 thoughts on “My Style: Trim Nails as a Show of Strength”
I’m a former nail biter myself. (You’re right–it’s a hard habit to kick.)
Yep, still a big fan or the regular mani and if that makes me spoiled, so be it. It really works to keep the nailbiting under control!
The first tip is invaluable if your trying to break the nail-biting habit. As a former esthetician, I’d encourage nail biters to get manicures. Usually, they liked how their nails looked so much that they’d break the habit with regular manicures!
Didn’t think of that, thanks for the professional contribution!
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No probs! ;o)
thanks 😀 it just so happens that I still am a nail biter 😀
though I know if only I can keep the nail polish on them, I’m not biting. the minute it is off – there we go again. so sometimes, if I can keep reapplying the nail polish for months – that’s how long I am the habit free… sigh.
It’s s frustrating! Good luck Emilia!
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