Biting your nails can be a real problem. It gives an unfavourable impression and is usually a reflection of personal anxiety or nervousness.
We are going to help you overcome this disagreeable habit, but in order to do this you must recognize the underlying reasons. Nail biting is, in fact, an uncontrollable reflex which usually occurs during a particular situation: i.e. waiting at a red light, talking on the phone, during a moment of reflection, looking for an answer, etc.
To break this persistant habit, we have devised a schedule for you to follow. Set a goal for yourself, week by week, and in a month you will have beaten this problem. The reward will be beautiful, healthy nails that all your friends will envy.
The decision is made ! This treatment should only be applied on nine nails, leaving the little finger on your left hand free if you are right-handed, or on your right hand if you are left-handed.
Apply one or two coats of Mavala Nail Shield Phase 1, containing nylon fibres which spread over the nail like a lattice to strengthen almost like a second nail.
Apply Phase 2, the sealer, which smooths the tiny rough patches created by the nylon fibres. Your nails are now protected by a shield.
Then brush on a coat of Mavala Stop, a product with the appearance of clear nail polish. As soon as your nails touch your mouth, the bitter taste of Mavala Stop will remind you of your good intentions and prevent you from biting your nails. Avoid touching food with fingers by using cutlery or wearing gloves, so that the bitter taste does not transmit to food.
If the urge to bite your nails is overpowering, you still have your unprotected little fingernail to satisfy your need and limit the damage.
Add cuticle care to your programme. Reinforce the bitterness of MAVALA STOP every day by applying a fresh coat.
To keep yourself from wanting to "chew", pay attention to your cuticles by massaging Cuticle Cream into your nail contour. Cuticle Cream softens the cuticle and makes it supple. No more hangnails to tempt you to groom them with your teeth.
Day 3 to 5
Carry emery boards in your pocket. From now on, always carry a pocket of emery boards with you so you can instantly correct any catches your nails may develop.
Remember your daily coat of Mavala Stop and massage cuticles once or twice a day with Cuticle Cream.
You start to see results. Using Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover, take off the coats of Mavala Stop and Nail Shield. Proceed with a traditional manicure. With the fine side of the emery board, smooth any irregularities so that your nails will not snag on anything and tear.
Apply Cuticle Remover around the nails. In a few seconds, the dead skin will be pliable. Using a Manicure Stick covered with cotton-wool, roll back the cuticle and gently shape the contour. NEVER CUT CUTICLES !
Wash hands and clean nails with a soft Brush. Then follow with the two phases of Nail Shield and a coat of Mavala Stop.
Day 7 to 12
Persevere ! Keep up the good work. You are off to a good beginning. Put on a coat of Mavala Stop daily and massage cuticles once or twice a day with Cuticle Cream.
Look at your nails and be proud when they cover the end of your fingers and your cuticles are less ragged and red.
A white edge shows. A real nail is coming ! Give yourself a manicure as on Day 6.
Day 14 to 20
Stick to it ! The hardest part has passed and the goal is in sight. Continue putting on a daily coat of Mavala Stop and massage your cuticles with Cuticle Cream once or twice a day.
Keep up your courage; you are on the right track. Already three weeks without biting your nails ! You can see that your nails are growing and the free edge is a few millimetres long.
It is now time to start with Mavala Scientifique. Apply only to nail tips to harden and fortify the new nail. Continue to manicure your nails as on Day 6.
You can start wearing a light nail enamel now.
Day 22 to 27
The end is in sight. Soon you will have the satisfaction of beautiful, long nails. By now you will find that you no longer want to bite that tenth nail; give it the same treatment you've given the others.
Put on a daily coat of Mavala Stop and massage your cuticles with Cuticle Cream once or twice a day.
What pleasure !Proceed with your fourth complete manicure using the same method as days 6, 13 and 21. You are starting to have real fingernails; your dream will soon come true.
Day 29 to 32
Almost there ! Don't let up. Continue to put on your daily coat of Mavala Stop and massage your cuticles with Cuticle Cream once or twice a day.
See, it wasn't so complicated to break this bad habit. All that was necessary was your desire to do it, and this simple programme from MAVALA. In a short time, you have definitely shed this bad habit and shown your strength of character. Congratulations !
From this point on, we suggest you keep Mavala Stop handy if you feel you will be entering a stressful period.
Now that you have reached your goal, keep up these good habits and treat yourself to a weekly manicure to maintain this well-groomed look. When you stop using Nail Shield, always protect your nails with a MAVALA base coat under polish.
NB: Mavala Stop can be used by children over 3 years old. With smaller children, the efficacy can be compromised as their taste buds are not fully developed and they may like the bitterness of product.
We suggest for children and adults who suck their fingers during their sleep to wear gloves.