Breaking A Bad Habit

Today I’m celebrating a victory, small to some people, but a rather big deal for me, and I’m thrilled.

Let me explain: from the time I had teeth I bit my nails. Yeah, I know, what a disgusting habit! Eww gross! After all those years of gnawing & chewing on my digits, my poor nails were weak and flimsy, and refused to grow. It was pathetic. So, while I was in college, I began wearing acrylic tips, to cover up the nastiness. I found that I didn’t bite the fake nails, and so my hands looked better. I’ve been wearing some form of fake nail ever since, and the nails underneath have suffered for it.

Over the years I’ve tried half a dozen times to stop, and let my natural nails grow out, but I never made it more than I couple of days before either chewing a nail or deciding my hands looked to icky to leave them bare and putting a new set on. This year I tried again as a New Year’s project, but failed quickly. Then, around my birthday, at the end of March, I decided that for once and all, I was going to take those nail tips off and leave them off for good! All the handwashing due to Covid-19 was wreaking havoc on the fakes I was wearing, causing the glue to loosen and a nail fell off every day. (This is what happens when you wear cheap DIY nails, not the quality salon tips.) This was a deciding factor.

On Friday, March 27, I took off the artificial nails, and began growing my natural nails out. I’ve been using a nail strengthening-cream called Hard as Hoof, and a growth serum top coat. It’s now been THIRTY DAYS and I’ve kept my nails un-faked, and haven’t bitten them. My nails are still very short, but most of the broken areas have grown out, and what’s there looks & feels healthy and strong.

I’m so proud of myself that I’ve broken this lifetime bad habit, and am doing something I’ve wanted to do for years. This is why I’m celebrating.