If you are a new ex-nail-biter, congratulations! You’ve accomplished something that is going to improve your self-esteem.
If you’re an adult who has recently become an ex-nail-biter, you probably are not familiar with some of the tools to help keep your nails looking their best, so I’d like to share the tools that I can’t live without.
The following are not in any particular order of importance as I think they are all important for the ex-nail-biter.
Essential tools for the ex-nail-biter
1. Nail Clipper
This may be the most important tool of all. Hangnails can be one of the biggest culprits in an ex-nail-biter’s relapse.
You start with biting at the hangnail and like a recovering alcoholic where one drink leads to one more and one more, starting to chew at one annoying hangnail may lead you back to biting at more than just the hangnail.
2. Cuticle Oil
Another area that ex-nail-biters tend to bite or pick at are the cuticles.
Applying cuticle oil daily can help keep your cuticles soft helping reduce temptation to pick and bite.
I massage it into my cuticles before bed each night.
3. Nail Brush
Keeping a nail brush by near both the kitchen and bathroom sink is essential.
Cleaning your nails well helps keep them looking awesome so the temptation to bite them is less.
4. Nail File or Emery Board
If you’re a new ex-nail-biter, you probably aren’t used to having nails to file.
While your nails are growing out you will want to keep them smooth and probably not too long.
Day-to-day wear and tear also can make the edges of your nails a bit rough. Smoothing these with a nail file can reduce any incentive to pick or bite.
A nail file or emery board can help keep your nails shaped and at a manageable length.
5. Nail Hardener
For the new ex-nail-biter, a nail hardener is an absolute must. Especially if you just didn’t bite your nails, but you actually peeled layers from them.
I personally like Nail Envy by OPI. They have something for everyone.
For example if your nails are:
- soft and thin
- dry and brittle
- tend to peel
They now have tinted versions with a hint of colour which is pretty cool.
They also have a matte version which is awesome for men who may not want the shine from a typical nail hardener.
What are your favourite tools?
I’ve listed my five favourite tools here that help me keep my nails and hands looking nice. What are your favourites? Why not share them in the comments section below. I look forward to learning what helps keep your hands looking fabulous.
So are you a want-to-be ex-nail-biter?
If you’re still biting your nails but are finally ready to stop, hypnosis can help you get there.
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