Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a nail biter. Now I can say, I'm a nail biter no more! I have spent most of my childhood biting nails and most of my adulthood rationalising it, focussing away from the problem and putting forth these theories about how it began, why I keep doing it...... like it is really a behavioural issue, what would Freud say about why I bite my nails....?
All you want is a dinkle
What you envy's a schwang
A thing through which you can tinkle
To play with or simply let hang
Penis Envy for nail biting?! I think not! Trace a couple of stages back, I may be orally fixated? I don't know, may be it's another Freudian cul de sac. But I think I have made a U turn!
As for any addiction/behavioural problem, there needed an internal switch to go off for me to change. The push I needed came with the fact that I am turning 30 next year. It is more than a push, it is like a kick in the ass.
What I did to stop biting my nails? I started to focus on growing them! I shifted the focus of my obsession to bite with the obsession to grow.
Inspiration: Alice of Alice Jane From Newcastle, if you have ever seen Alice's nails, you'll know why! Lovely Jac from ChloeBlue Likes To Sparkle* has always inspired me to grow my nails. She has fabulous nails and her nail polish collection is beautiful. She has also warned me that if I bite my nails again, she'll smack me with a virtual twitter stick! My friend Jas has promised a manicure date if I grow my nails! Carrots and stick!
Here is the progress in pictures: I didn't have really nice nails to start with, so even a few nano meters of growth is an improvement. I don't have a before pic per se.
17/10/11 to 26/10/11
I have this really gorgeous nail polish from NARS called Schiapp. Going to wait for some more growth till I can wear it on all finger nails!
What I used: Revitanail Nail Strengthener:
This is an awesome product. It is much more than a nail hardener. My nails have not split or peeled when I use this. It is like a clear polish gives a nice natural shine to the nails.
Sally Hansen Growth Miracle: I tried it briefly but it did not work for me. It PEELS like crazy to reveal dry nails! Doesn't harden or strengthen the nails either. Huge fail!
I have been using Sweet Almond Oil for my nails and cuticles. It works wonders for dry peeling cuticles.
Lanolips hand creme: Wonderfully nourishing but the rose smell is so strong!
I don't think I'll use hair/nail vitamins, I'd rather eat a wholesome diet or just take multivitamins that are good for all parts of my body.
This is the story of my nail growth. I don't know if it is something I'm proud of because it is hardly an achievement. These superficial things give me an illusion of control over my uncertain life. 30!