To stop nail biting, manicure your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish, and identify a replacement activity to fade the nail-biting habit. Maintain your manicure until the nail-biting habit ceases.
- Trim and manicure nails
Trim nails with a nail trimmer, and file the edges with a fine-grain emery board. Shorter, well-manicured nails have a neat appearance and decrease the nail-biting drive.
- Apply nail polish
Specialized nail polishes with a bitter taste are available to discourage nail biting. Clear or colored polishes may also be used, but they may not discourage biting as effectively as adversely flavored nail polishes.
- Identify a replacement activity
Each time you begin to bite your nails, engage in a replacement activity to manage any stress you are experiencing. Good replacement activities include squeezing a stress ball and engaging in deep breathing. You can also employ negative replacement activities, such as snapping a rubber band worn on the wrist.
- Maintain your manicure
It takes time to stop a habit. Maintain your manicure on a regular basis by keeping your nails neat and reapplying the bitter-tasting polish as needed. As you find you are no longer biting your fingernails, the reapplication of bitter nail-biting polished can be stopped.