Orly Just Made A Way for Muslim Women to Wear Nail Polish

July 30, 2016  |  

breathable nail polishDid you know that Muslim women aren’t allowed to wear nail polish? Well, neither did I, but apparently nail polish acts as a barrier to the body, an issue for devout Muslim women who practice the daily ritual of washing their hands, arms and face before prayer. However, Orly Beauty recently made a way for Muslim women to get their mani/pedi on while still maintaining their faith.

“Breathable” nail polish is a three-in-one polish that consists of a base coat, colored nail varnish and a top coat. The formula uses an advanced technology that allows oxygen and hydration to penetrate through to the nail bed making it acceptable for Muslim women to use and healthier for your nails even if religion isn’t an issue when it comes to your beauty routine. The formula also contains argan oil and vitamins C and B5 to contribute to healthier nails while still being able to provide a long lasting manicure. Hello Beautiful’s  Danielle James recently tried the color Barely There and while she says she wasn’t too impressed by the polish’s longevity (she said the polish chipped in a few days just as any other) it did cut down on her manicure time.

Orly wouldn’t be the first to make a way for Muslim women to get into the nail salon. A few years ago the Miami Herald reported on college student Nandee Shabazz spoke on her excitement to try Inglot Cosmetic’s O2M Breathable Nail Enamel . Inglot’s formula includes a polymer that acts much like a contact lens allowing oxygen to permeate the varnish. 21-year-old Neveen Al-Said expressed that having her nails polished makes her feel “a bit more professional”. Inglot offers 80 shades of the breathable nail polish priced at $15 per bottle.

But some critics still say the breathable formulas don’t make much of a difference when it comes to adhering to the rules of the Muslim religion. Nail polish has always been up for debate in the Muslim community and scholars such as Imam Joe Bradford state use of any kind of nail polish invalidates the prayer:

“Nail polish, even the kind that claims to be water permeable, is tenuous at best. It is best to be avoided [because] it may invalidate your wudu.”

Many Muslim women still agree that having colored nails isn’t worth risking the commitment to their faith.

As a nail biter whose nails would definitely look a mess if it weren’t for my bi-weekly trips to the nail salon, I can appreciate that women have more options when it comes to beauty that will allow them to still confidently practice their faith. In the meantime, anything that is healthier for our bodies while still keeping us beautiful is a win for us all.

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