The simple way to book beauty anywhere.
Download our free Treatwell app.
Logging you in, please wait...
You are logged in
Log in to your account

Question: What is the best option for bitten nails? I hate the feeling of acrylics. Ta!

Asked by choo1 4 years ago

11 answers

Can you help out?

Best answer

Top Answer – As rated by the community

Face2face 4 years ago

I think it is best to start with a manicure, this will takle your cuticles which are not usually great on nail bitters. One of my clients who is an on/off nail bitter gets on really well once I have applied OPI axxium gel lacquer, within just 2 weeks you would expect to see considerable nail growth, and it just feels like polish.

Nr Farnham in Surrey
Jo Hannan face2face beauty 07840532663

Other answers (10)

JaneyB 4 years ago

You could try Artistic Nail Colour. If the therapist uses Builder Gel this strengthens your own nails.


pullem01 4 years ago

I personally use Shellac on my nail biting clients and a bright colour helps too as it makes the biting more obvious if you do it and hopefully puts you off biting any more.
Shellac is thin and flexible like polish, so it not only looks natural, it provides strong natural nail protection with a resilient mirror finish that resists dullness and chipping. The good news is that there is NO BUFFING so there is absolutely no damage to the natural nail in the process of application or removal. The patent-pending formulation of solvents, monomers and polymers is why Shellac goes on like polish, wears like gel and removes in minutes.  Plus its hypo-allergenic and contains no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. My ladies go from short & stumpy to strong & healthy nails in as little as 8 weeks (3 applications) x

Edenbeauty 4 years ago

I was also just about to suggest shellac. :) Fab new product as long as you care for it properly but doesn't damage nails either.

Answer Comments

JaneyB 4 years ago

I have been told that Shellac is damaging to the nail as it dries it out. Is this information incorrect? Thanks

SilverFernBeauty 4 years ago

Shellac doesn't dry the nails out but you MUST apply solar oil to keep the nails hydrated - this applies to any finish on your nails and even if they are bare - water strips our nails of the oils they need to keep them hydrated, solar oil keeps them hydrated and in good condition. Shellac is a wonderful product - even my gel clients are switching to it. Shellac is NOT a soak-off gel - it is the only hybrid gel and polish. There is NO buffing to the natural nail surface at all.

TheNailBar 4 years ago

So how are you meant to remove shellac?

A lot of my ladies have come to me from having shellac with weak and flaky nails stating that their technician buffed the nail considerably before application. This damage can take 6 months to grow out if the whole nail bed is buffed.
I have also always found shellac or comparable products a nightmare to remove and requires A LOT of scraping of the nail after it has been softened by soaking it with acetone.
I just think its a shame if your ladies are growing their nails to use a product that damages the nail and makes them unsightly without the product on.

TopazBeauty 4 years ago

Any of the gel polishes would be good, or soak off gels. As long as they are put on correctly and removed correctly there is no damage to the natural nail. They can also help to encourage the nails to grow. Weekly normal varnish manicures can work for some people as they are less likely to bite and pick at something that costs money, and over a few weeks a real difference can be seen in the appearance of the nails. x

tink10 4 years ago

I am a nail bitter tut tut but now I have managed to grow them, I put decals on them when I put my fingers to my mouth I was aware streight away they felt differnt I never bit them my nails have managed to grow strong and longer :-)

TA-oR 4 years ago

I would always suggest a manicure, with lots of organic cuticle oil. We find that the majority of nail biters come to us to regain pride in their own nails, and by spending time and money on them the last thing trhey want to do when they go home is bite them again! I'm sure there are products (gels etc) out there that are less damaging to the natural nail than acrylics and the like, but in my experience ANY unnatural layer that smothers the nail bed WILL cause some damage to the nail and prevent it from growing to its full potential. Hope that helps :-)

laurasmobilebeautytreats 4 years ago

Manicures will help and using Nail Tiques will help them grow stronger so you will be less likely to bite. see for Nail Tique products.


fantasia 4 years ago

The best option to treat your nails with regular manicure treatment specifically designed for nail biters to finish your manicure with either gel coulors or shellac polish to ensure a longer lasting manicure.

laurajaneltd 4 years ago

You could try regular manicures and always have your nails painted that way you will start to be so proud when you go between treatments that you haven't bitten them it may help you stop.

When they get a little bit longer you could have silk wrap overlays to give them some strength

la-belle-vie 3 years ago

OPI GELCOLOR / AXXIUM, will help nails grow, keep them strong, and keep cuticles looking neat. Has the same feel as polish but has the durability of acrylic nails.


Mobile Beauty Therapist Sugaring Specialist, Experienced & Qualified

I cover London, Essex, Kent, Surrey & More

The treatments which I provide are . . . .

- Sugaring hair removal
- Waxing
- Brazilian Hot Wax
- Opi gelcolor/axxium manicures/pedicures (last up to 4 weeks chip free).
- Minx Nails
- LVL lashes Lift length volume lashes (last up to 6 weeks).
- Individual lash extensions (lasts up to 4 weeks).
- Eyelash and eyebrow tinting (lasts 4 weeks).
- Facials (Eve Taylor)
- Bridal and any occasion Makeup & Hair (I have a portfolio of work I have done . . . Arab and Asian makeup)
- Airbrush make up coming soon . . .

More services also available, please enquire.

If you would like anymore information on the services I have to offer please contact me.


Related Offers

Manicure Treatments View
20% OFF
Men's Manicure View
20% OFF
Ready for the Sun View
28% OFF
Vinylux File and Polish View
Blow Dry and Manicure View
7% OFF
Express manicure View
25% OFF
French polish (add on) View
24% OFF
Nail repairs View
25% OFF
Manicure View
25% OFF
Express manicure & pedicure View
25% OFF
Luxury manicure View
25% OFF
Nail Extensions and Overlays View
25% OFF
Manicure & pedicure View
25% OFF
Luxury manicure & pedicure View
25% OFF
Discovery Spa Day View
Heavenly Hen Spa Day View
Express Manicure or Pedicure View
The Malvern Manicure or Pedicure View
Deluxe Manicure or Pedicure View
Deluxe One Night Spa Break View
Deluxe Two Night Spa Break View
Express Revival Half Spa Day View
Gel Nails View
30% OFF
Champagne Afternoon Tea Spa Day for Two View
10% OFF
Shellac Manicure Treatments View
15% OFF
Manicure Treatments View
15% OFF
One Night Spa Break Incl. 30 Minute Treatment and Dinner View
36% OFF

Gel Removal at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Gel Removal View

Gel Pedicure at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Gel Pedicure View

Gel Manicure at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Gel Manicure View

Express Manicure at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Express Manicure View

Spa Manicure at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Spa Manicure View

Spa Pedicure at Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
Spa Pedicure View
One Night Deluxe Spa Break View
Gel Nails View
Top to Toe Pamper Day for One View
38% OFF
2 for 1 Ultimate Luxury Atlas Day View
48% OFF
Atlas Absolute Luxury Day for Two View
40% OFF

Manicure at Atlas Health & Beauty

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Manicure View
Gel Nails from £26 View
Pamper Me Perfectly Atlas Day View
25% OFF