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I have the bad habit of biting my nails and if I am particularly stressed, I will bite them right down to the quick. I decided that the New Year was as good a time as any to try to give up, so I bought this Mavala Stop on Amazon. I had used this particular product in the past with good results, but over time, I had gone back to my bad habits.
When you open the box, it looks just like a normal clear nail polish. I remember a stage in my teens where Mavala nail polishes were the thing to have, and the packaging hasn't changed much since then. When you unscrew the lid, there is a small brush in the lid, and you apply this the same way that you would apply a normal nail polish. This does have the effect of a clear nail polish as well, and leaves a slight sheen on your nails. The only real difference between the packaging of this and the packaging on ail polishes is the large stop sign on the front of the bottle.
It is recommended that every 2 - 3 days you remove this with nail polish remover and apply a fresh coat, as the effect does fade slightly after about two days. The mavala website does say that you can keep applying a fresh coat on top of the previous coats as well, if your nails are very weak, strong nail polish remover can cause more damage. One coat is enough, and it does dry quickly and doesn't chip easily. I have tried applying two coats, but it took a long time to dry and left my nails feeling slightly tacky and sticky. You can also apply this as a top coat with coloured nail varnish.
It is hard to describe the taste of this, but it is a horrible bitter taste. I have found that using this is very effective in two ways. After the first few times that you accidently taste this, you become very aware every time your hands are near your mouth. The second way that it works is that as soon as I taste this, I have to run and get a drink, so I can get rid of the taste. By the time I have done this, the urge to bite my nails has left me.
This treatment can be used by adults and children over the age of 3, and is also effective at breaking the thumb sucking cycle. Despite the strong bitter taste of this, it is harmless.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for an effective way to help break the habit of nail biting or thumb sucking. I have known a few people who have said that they have gotten used to the taste, but I can't imagine ever liking, or even tolerating the taste of this. It is also recommended that you keep a bottle of this handy, even after you feel that you have broken the habit, in case you feel stressed and are tempted to resume your habit.
This solution is available from some chemists and also available online. I bought mine on Amazon for £4.85 for 5ml. There are also some extras that are recommended that you purchase when you are buying this to help stop nail biting. These include emery boards, nail strengtheners and cuticle cream, so that your nails grow strong and healthy and there is less temptation to pick at and/or bite your nails and cuticles. There is a certain amount of willpower needed though, it would be very easy to just remove the polish rather than getting a bitter mouthful every time you put your hands near your mouth (and it is surprising how often that happens when you're eating something with your fingers!).
While I still have a long way to go, I can see some slight growth in my nails and while they still look ravaged, I am intending to treat myself to a manicure once I have some growth and as an extra incentive to stop for good this time.
Nail biting is a nervous habit, which can rapidly become uncontrollable / Mavala Stop has a bitter yet harmless taste and the appearance of clear enamel / It helps to break the nail biting habit and thumb sucking / Works for children (more than 3 years old) and adults /