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Top 10 Ways to Prevent Nail Biting


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Wear Fake Nails
Fake nails don’t have to look tacky -- and they can be a great deterrent to biting.
Fake nails don’t have to look tacky -- and they can be a great deterrent to biting.
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If you're a nail-biter and you're having trouble kicking the habit, you might try to fake it for a while. That is, consider the fabulousness of fake nail products such as acrylics, wraps, gels and press-on nails [source: Nails Guide]. And don't worry about the stigma associated with these faux fingertips – you don't need a beehive hairdo and job at the DMV to sport a great set of fake nails. These days, an awesome set of falsies is as kitschy-cool as gold jewelry and a Members Only jacket.

Fake nails not only look great, they also do a great job of preventing you from nibbling away at your nails. And they're safe for your real nails, assuming you have them done in a professional salon with a good reputation. These establishments are more likely to adhere to the safety and hygiene standards that prevent the rare but possible infection that fake nails can cause [source: Mayo Clinic].

If fake nails aren't for you – or if they aren't enough to keep you from munching on your manicure – try wearing bandages on your nails or gloves on your hands. These remedies can be a bit awkward, but they're extremely effective.

Fortunately, there are many other ways of protecting your paws. One of the best is to distract yourself with another habit or task that will keep you occupied during urges to bite.


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