Halal Nail Polish, is there such a thing?

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Is there really such a thing as Halal (lawful) nail polishes? Apparently the cosmetic and internet world is abuzz over this new halal nail polish craze. Just Google it and check.

Now, before I delve into what’s Halal (lawful) or Haram (prohibited), let me make a disclaimer first – I am not an Ustazah (a religious teacher). I am just an average Muslim and is still learning about the religion even though I wear it on my sleeve. What I write is based on my opinion only, if you do not agree with what I have to say, it is fine. Also, this blog is all about looking good and I am advocating beauty and fashion.

First of all, I believe that there is nothing wrong in wearing nail polishes (it is just like makeup but for the nails) except that nail polishes contains substances that forms impermeable barrier over the nails preventing water from getting underneath. So if I need to pray and perform the wudu (ablution), I will need to remove it thoroughly. To solve this issue, most Muslim women, wear Henna on their nails instead (as water sips through Henna) or opt to only wear nail polishes during their time of the month as they do need to pray on those days.

I used to wear nail polishes during the time of the month against the agreement of both my parents (cause of how they are brought up – nail polishes = prohibited) and when I informed them, I can’t pray, my dad makes a big deal out of it while my mum thinks I am announcing to the world that I am having the time of the month (indirectly I am and it can be embarrassing). She also thinks that I am sending the wrong message to the community (Malay Muslim community here) – many here like my parents can’t fathom hijab-wearing aurat-covering women with black nail polish on their fingers and it is always considered wrong. However, to them colouring ones nails is not ok unless it is Henna. But the thing is, nail polishes does almost the same thing just that one can be worn while performing wudu while the other comes in more colours and has to be removed first.

Well, now there’s a solution for nail polish lovers it seems. Apparently, Inglot has created a nail polish line (O2M Breathable Nail Polish) that is permeable to water making it ‘wudu-friendly’.

A research was done by one of the writers from Suhaib Webb with a coat of nail polish over a coffee filter – a drop of water penetrated through the filter – proving that it is indeed ‘wudu-friendly’.

This experiment has brought up a lot of controversy with some citing that there’s a Fatwa that Halal Nail Polishes exist. Some might agree with it and some don’t. Honestly, I will just stick to wearing nail polishes on days when I can and if I am not too lazy (putting on and taking them off takes a lot of effort). And instead of wearing just normal nail polishes, I think it is better to wear breathable ones as it is healthier for your nails right?

But to wear them during prayers? Let’s just say that I will still stick to Henna for that for now.

How about you?


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  • Actually, there have been further tests done on Inglot nail polish for it’s permeability and many women have found that it is not water permeable and does not allow water to go through. There is however another brand called Tuesday in Love that does work. here’s a link to the test that one person conducted

  • Hi sis Asma,

    Thank you for pointing out that Inglot is not as permeable as it claims to be. I’ve not heard of Tuesday in Love and I’m not sure if we can get them here in Singapore. Even Inglot is hard to come by in Singapore thus I am not able to do my own experiment.

    Nevertheless, like I said, I will just stick to Henna because it is more convenient and I do not need to remove them for ablution. 🙂

    P.S. sorry for the late reply. Your comment went to my spam box.

  • Most of the women does not know about the halal nail polish. you are provided here something important for the Muslim women. i think they are really appreciated that way. they also are like to take good Hijabs.

  • Wow, this was such an interesting post. As someone who is not Muslim, but very much into fashion and beauty, I had no idea that wearing nail polish was an issue for your religion. I bet henna stays on longer than traditional nail polish, though!

    Xx Kristin

  • Hi Kristin!

    Wearing nail polish is bothersome for Muslim women as we need to take them off for ablution. Henna does stay longer but they come in only one colour. 🙁

  • Syma

    Here’s another review that tested Inglot and Tuesday in Love. Inglot is NOT water permeable.. but Tuesday in Love is! These guys did a really great job putting them head to head 🙂

  • Scheherazade

    Check out littleBU nail polish. What do you think? Pricey, though. 🙂

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