Diary Of A Serial Nail Biter Who Broke The Habit

Alright, nail biters, ‘gather round. If we haven’t met but, hiya. I’m right here to let you know about how I almost stopped a lifelong behavior of cuticle-tearing and nail-biting. I bit after I was anxious, I bit after I was pleased, I bit after I was bored. Do you realize what it’s wish to longingly gaze upon somebody’s lovely manicured arms—solely to look again at your personal swollen, pink, fingers? Maddening! But that is all previously now. Breaking the behavior wasn’t straightforward, nevertheless it actually was glamorous.

An upside is that my job at Glossier usually places me in the identical room with magnificence professionals, which is why just a few months in the past I bought to speak with manicurist Natalie Pavlovski (she does all of the nails for Glossier shoots). I informed her all about my biting downside—that I’d tried all of it and nothing labored. The bitter nail polish? Got used to the style. Gel manicure? I picked it proper off. Chew a straw for the oral fixation? Now that’s simply foolish. But then Natalie got here by means of with a advice that basically caught: Why don’t I get a set of acrylic extensions (aka sculptured nails) for a month or so? They make it arduous to chew the pores and skin, and also you gained’t wish to as a result of they appear so freaking lovely. Once you are taking them off, your nails may have grown beneath so you can begin with a recent, clear slate. I used to be satisfied—so, I booked a Saturday appointment at my neighborhood spot.

Day 1

At Vanity Projects, the entire course of took about two hours. Watching Chiara combine and stir two chemical options collectively to create and construct the nail made me really feel like a bionic lady. My nails had been rising earlier than my very eyes. It was unbelievable! Once the method set within the form of a nail (with the assistance of a sticker mildew), Chiara diligently buffed them into a fragile almond form. I needed them to be lengthy, however not too lengthy. I faucet faucet faucet faucet faucet all day on my cellphone, so that they wanted to be smart. That introduced me to size #2, which is a few quarter of an inch longer than my actual nails, and a sheer child pink with delicate multi-colored glitter for the gel coloration. Girly!

Week 1

For the primary week, I used to be so good. I diligently cared for my cuticles with Sally Hansen cuticle remover and a picket cuticle pusher I picked up earlier within the week, and utilized Balm Dotcom each morning and night time so that they stayed moisturized. So far so good.

Week 2

I got here house from a late film and realized that one in every of my pointer finger nails had mysteriously disappeared, into skinny air! Went and bought it fastened, and I am nonetheless bite-free.

Week three

Oh how my nails have grown! There’s a few quarter of an inch of latest progress in between my cuticle and the bottom of the nail extensions. Time for a fill—booked an appointment for subsequent week. The excellent news is that I haven’t bitten my cuticles and they’re approach much less pink.

Week four

I’ve by no means gotten a fill earlier than, nevertheless it seemed like a really fast, easy course of in idea. Your nail has grown, there’s house on the backside, now time to fill it in. Oh how I used to be flawed! They shave your entire nail down (which I really like as a result of then they’re skinny and crisp-looking), after which your nail is rebuilt earlier than the manicurist paints on one other coat of gel. I bought cheery pink vacation nails this time. God I really like how this appears. I simply really feel so put collectively and fancy! But! This is getting costly…

Week 6

I’m beginning to consider how I’ll proceed on in life as a Short Nail Person after I get the acrylics off. It’s a dear and time-consuming exercise that I quickly want to surrender. Which is difficult as a result of they appear SO DAMN GOOD. And I’m nonetheless not selecting at my cuticles! Points for me. And look beneath—somebody I discovered on Twitter who will get me.

Eva Nail Story Tweet

The aftermath

The acrylics are off! I bought a gel manicure on my pure nails, which is essential as a result of my they’re very weak proper now—however not for for much longer, after I develop out the gel. And then I’ve to report a minor setback: I’ve been selecting once more (as a result of I can), however I cease earlier than it will get dangerous (progress!). I’m now doing my nails at house extra frequently to take care of them, and am a few half-inch away from being THAT bitch.

—Eva Alt

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