“Biting your nails can be a real problem,” said award-winning Beauty Expert and Entrepreneur, Leighton Denny MBE. “It gives an unfavourable impression and is usually a reflection of personal anxiety or nervousness. You can overcome this disagreeable habit, but in order to do this you must recognise the underlying reasons. Nail biting is, in fact, an uncontrollable reflex which usually occurs during a particular situation: i.e. waiting at a red light, talking on the phone, during a moment of reflection or looking for an answer.”
Biting your nails is a bad habit that needs to be left in 2019. But we know that like all habits, this is easier said than done.
To help you curb your penchant for nibbling, with Leighton’s help, we’ve compiled some advice on how to kick the habit and make 2020 the year of amazing nails so you can try the latest nail art trends like everyone on Instagram RN.
Find your triggers
If you always bite on the commute, be extra aware when you’re there that you aren’t biting. By breaking the cycle and willing yourself not to bite when you’re most vulnerable, you’ll be able to stop for good. Try keeping a diary of when and where you bite, in order to identify your weak points. “To break this persistent habit, set a goal for yourself, week by week, and in a month you will have beaten this problem. The reward will be beautiful, healthy nails that all your friends will envy,” says Leighton
Head to your local nail salon
“Go for a professional manicure and reward yourself for trying to break the habit,” says Leighton. Leighton suggests asking your manicurist to paint your nails with bright red, so it’s obvious to you when your nails are near your face and make a mental note that RED means stop. “Keep applying the red over your nails for 10 days then remove and see how much your nails have grown, usually this is enough for you to see how fast the nails grow and how good they look, then add a home nail care to your regime and enjoy nurturing your nails back to good health,” he said.