Hello, I am Winn, The Nail Tailor. I haven't always had long nails. To be honest I was a nail bitter and I enjoyed it. Totally something that only another nail bitter would understand. Yes, I realize that it was and is a disgusting habit. Try not to judge me for bitting and I will try not judge you for peeling off your gel (but I probably will. tee, hee).
How did I stop bitting my nails you may ask? That icky bitter stuff you paint on your nails (by the way, didn't work)? Nope. It was vanity. I wanted the nails that my clients had. I wanted to have art on long nails too. My other motivator was my Mother. She used to tell me that "they say"(who ever "they" are) that people bite their nails have problems with their Mother. So I thought, "hmmm, we'll see if that fixes things."
So, in 2014 I started my journey on growing my nails. Now, this was in no way easy. I began wearing gel polish on a regular basis. This did not immediately stop me from bitting my nails. I would bite right through them, well kind of. It was more like a nail bitting/peeling combination removal practice. This went on for a few months until my nails were thin. I knew I had to put an end to this vicious cycle, so i decided enough was enough. I stopped pealing, practiced safe removal and started caring for my nails. Here are a few picks from my journey from 2014-2016 (clockwise, starting from the far left, ending in the middle). It is possible, but by no means easy. You have to be careful with everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Moving my nails out the way, not using them as tools, etc.
I conquered my need to bite my nails! The last pic (wearing my favorite Le Chat, Old, New, Borrowed Blue) are my nails as of 2018. Still going strong. Yes I have broken some here and there (accidents happen) but, I have realized that there is a length to which I CAN NOT function. That being said, I make sure to keep them at a reasonable length suitable for my lifestyle.