Sunday, September 18, 2011

My thoughts on nailbiters

Once in a while, you see people that bite their nails. Not only their nails but also the skin around the nails(cuticles, sidewalls,...).

I personally don't "like" doing nails on nailbiters.
Aha, why you ask?
1. They tend to bleed faster when you accidentally cut them with your cuticle nippers or with your file, because their skin is thin and moist (from putting the fingers in their mouth and biting)

2. When you prep the nails, it is hard to get into every corner because their skin is elevated.

3.When you glue on tips, it is hard , once again because their skin on the free edge is higher than the actual nail, which makes it hard to make the tip fit snugly on the nail. And also because they bite every single bit of nail they can chew on, it is hard to see if the tip actually fits.

4. Blending the tip is not as easy as with a person who doesn't bite their nails, again, because the skin is that high.

5.They all want their nails to be long, but considering they don't have that many space to put nails on in the first place, it is best to start with a short length, for a few reasons:
*going from super short to long is an adjustment and they are not used to it
*the nailbed has been damaged to a point where it takes time to heal and "grow" back, putting on long nails gives a higher chance of breakage and then again... damaging the nailbed even more.
*the nailbed is short and unless you don't have a cover pink to make the nailbed longer, it does not look good using clear gel or acrylic

6. They probably bite their nails until right before their appointment, so their nails are wet, and doing gel or acrylic on wet nails is a plan that is doomed to fail.

7. Once a nailbiter, always a nailbiter?
Some do, some don't...
I've successfully helped people get rid of their biting habits, and I had some people that still couldn't resist biting and chewing off their nails... * Sigh!*
Some people can not seem to get passed the "tips" phase...
The hard part is growing out your nails, going from tips to your own nails.


  1. very informative i hope i dont have to do any nail biter nails
    very nice blog

  2. AHHHH i feel the conviction lol! I have been letting my nails grow out until yesterday.. I bit them with out even noticing :( any tips on how to stop

  3. How did you do her nails though? Tips ir forms?

  4. Wow! Very pretty. I tried doing a nail bitter with tips and it was very difficult. Any tips? :) and youcan awesome nail tech.

  5. @isamar if the skin at the free edge is higher than the nail, then I suggest using the skin as a form, because putting tips on the nail cannot be done, and it will cause pain for the client.
    if tips cannot be used, you can use forms, but also if the skin is higher than the nail, just put the gel or acrylic(I suggest gel for nailbiters) on the skin and go from there. because there is no way you can properly do nails on a nailbiter. do make sure your client come in after 2 weeks (if not 1 week) to check on how they lok( lifting, touch ups, etc etc)
    hope this helps :)

  6. Oh ok thank you so much. Now I have to try it and see how it goes.

  7. I bit my nails from the time I was able until I turned about 14. Unfortunately both of children and my husband bite their nails. We've tried everything from the nasty taste to tape. Nothing worked. My daughter is 8 and is just now starting to show interest in having long, beautiful nails that we can paint and decorate. I showed her a design on a nail that was long and she wanted me to do it on her nail. It didn't look good because the nail was so tiny. Since then, she's started growing out her nails. I won't let her have long nails, but I figure a little tip wouldn't hurt. ;) Thanks for the advice and I LOVE your nail work. ;)