It’s the secret to growing healthy, strong nails.

By Christie Calucchia
October 09, 2019
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Everyone has their little vices. For some, it’s indulging in sweets or going on shopping sprees, and for others, it’s biting their nails. The common habit is a tough one to break, but it’s worth it to finally reveal healthy, strong nails and minimize your risk of illnesses caused by spreading germs from your hands to your mouth (especially with flu season lurking right around the corner). Although there are many methods one can employ to kick the pesky habit—including wearing gloves and keeping nails cut short so there’s nothing to bite—Amazon shoppers swear by one particular nail polish to get the job done.

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The Mavala Stop nail polish, $15.50 on Amazon, is a clear polish with a bitter, metallic taste to deter users ages 3+ from biting their nails. The potent formula is harmless, yet effective, and is recommended by dentists, orthodontists, and pediatricians, according to the description.

The product goes on just like any other nail polish. Simply apply a coat or two directly to the surface of your nails, or even on top of a colored polish, every few days until your nail-biting habit is broken. Before reapplying, just be sure to remove the previous coats of Mavala Stop with nail polish remover so the new coat is smooth and even.

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Buy It: Mavala Stop, $15.50, Amazon

Mavala Stop is an Amazon’s Choice product, which is a seal of approval only given to items that are highly-rated, well-priced, and are available for immediate shipment. The item has garnered more than 5,000 five-star reviews, and shoppers swear by it for helping themselves (and their kids) break unsanitary habits.

“I am 45 years old and have tried every product over the years… This has been a miracle. I can't describe the taste but will just say that it makes me not want my hands anywhere near my face… But, it is a small price to pay to break this habit… [My nails are] the longest they have ever been in my life!” one customer wrote. Another reviewer raved about the product and declared, “This is it. The answer. Finally!... It's worth every penny.”

Although most users were happy with the product, some noted that you do have to be diligent to quit for good. “I'm a 33-year-old male and have been a nail biter my entire life. [The polish] stops nail biting in its tracks. However, you have to stick with it,” wrote one reviewer.

If you could use a little help breaking a nail-biting habit, give this clever polish a try. Your fall manicure will thank you!

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