Nail biting (Chronic Onychophagia) is very common in both children and adults. It is generally a repetitive unconcious behaviour that usually reuslts in the destruction of your finger nails and the surrounding skin.
Constant nail biting can result in very painful fingers and some individuals may experience bleeding, bruises, infections, or even permanent damage to the fingers.
Not all biters are the same, some do it all the time, others do it only occasionally, some stop at once, others stop temporarily and after some time they resume it. The worst is that nail biting occurs spontaneously and subconsciously so it is more difficult to control it.
There are a number of reasons why people bite their nails but generally the most common ones I have come across are as below:
Self-Soothing: When anxious, stressed or nervous many people find they feel better when they bite their nails as it has a sort of calming effect on their nervous system and reduces levels of stimulation.
Boredom: When people are bored or inactive nail-biting can provide a needed level of stimulation for the nervous system.
Plain and simple - "It's habit"
In either of the above cases nail biters hands will subconsciously go to their mouth and they start biting without realising they actually are.
Nail Biter Advice
Whilst I would never claim to cure any nail biters I would like to help if I can.
I have come across many ladies who are embarrased and anxious about coming into the salon with bitten nails but have been willing to try and "kick the habit" and sign up to the package I offer.
On average I would say that there is approx a 50% percent success rate of getting that lady to a point firstly where she has nails and secondly she no longer wants to chew them all off.
The process does take time, determination and patience, however on saying all this if you have a nail-biting issue that is adversely affecting your life my advice would be to speak with your doctor about the problem and the best ways to deal with it.
Month 1 = 4 weekly sessions for full manicure.
Month 2 = 2 fortnightly sessions for full manicure
Free bottle of hand cream and cuticle oil
You may be thinking why would I want a manicure when I have no nails?
The nails grows quickly at the beginning of the treatment. While itís not clear exactly how this happens studies have shown that the physical manipulation of a nail through biting stimulates the growth plate of each finger to be more metabolically active which in turn leads to a faster nail formation.
Based on the above it is important for the first few weeks that your nails receive maximum care during weekly appointments. A regular appointment can be a psychological help and provides the motivation for you to care for and preserve your nails and for you to be happy with your appearance.
If you're serious, significant improvement can be achieved in 10-12 weeks.
Please note that sessions are to be paid for upfront.
Total of 6 sessions (4 weekly & 2 fortnightly) = £60.00 (saving of £40.00)
Total of 4 sessions (4 weekly only) = £30.00 (saving of £30.00)