Okay so over the last few weeks I’ve been looking up a so-called “halal nail polish” better known as Inglots O2M Nail Enamel. Apparently, Muslim women have been going nuts after this and keep buying out all available stock. Although this nail varnish has been available for the past few years, there has been a sudden awakening and desire for it amongst us Muslim women and the ever rapidly growing interest in this product has made it impossible to keep in stock. Thanks to a certain sister of mine, I finally managed to get my hands on a bottle or two (more like 5) after failing at my extensive searching. I wanted to know what all the hype was about.
Why is this nail polish so popular I hear you ask?
Well, when a woman performs wudhu (the act of washing before prayers) the water must reach every surface of the required parts of her body i.e. her arms, hands, fingers, AND nails. Nail polish is known to create a barrier between the nail bed and the water droplets hence many Muslim women will only wear nail polish during their menses when they are pardoned from the daily prayers.
But with the introduction of a breathable nail polish that allows moisture to reach the nail surface, and with thanks to its late inventor, Wojciech Inglot, it is now possible for the women of Islam to wear nail polish in every hue of the rainbow.
Mustafa Umar, a Muslim scholar, has written an article in depth about this specific nail enamel. One of his students carried out an experiment where she painted a section of a coffee filter with normal nail polish and another section with O2M. She then placed another coffee filter paper underneath the first and proceeded to put a droplet of water on each nail varnish splodge. Turns out that the water in fact seeped through both coffee filters for the O2M nail varnish but didn’t even penetrate through the normal nail polish to the back of the first coffee filter. You can read his full article here.
Religion aside, Inglot wanted to produce a healthier version of nail polish in comparison to most high-street brands that contain substances, which can be considered harmful to us.
Let’s have a tiny chemistry lesson…
Regular nail varnish consists of 3 main toxic products, known as the “toxic trio”:
1// Toluene – an irritant to the skin, eyes, throat and lungs. It may also be harmful to an unborn child and can cause damage to the nervous system.
2// Formaldehyde – a substance used to preserve dead bodies (nice!) and is known to be a human carcinogen.
3// Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – a toxin that can cause reproductive damage.
It is obvious from the above that regular branded nail polish is not perhaps the healthiest product for us ladies, but Inglot has incorporated none of the “toxic trio” into their product. Instead it uses polymer KS_02, which lets oxygen and moisture pass through to the nail bed.
The cost at the moment is £11 a pop which seems very pricey for a bottle of nail polish but it’s the first of its kind; it’s healthy and beautiful, but best of all, it is halal!
Find these halal pops of colour here.