The Arabic word "Halal" translates to permissible by Islamic Law. It's contrasted by "Haram" which is used to describe anything unlawful in accordance with Islamic law. "Halal" is primarily used in reference to food for example, "Halal Meat". However, it could also be used in reference to a wide range of health and beauty products including nail polish due to recent innovations.
ARE ALL BEAUTY PRODUCTS HALAL?
No, most beauty products on the market by mainstream brands are not Halal. In order for a product to be considered Halal, it must be manufactured, produced, and composed of ingredients permissible by Islamic law. So, products that contain any animal by-products or forbidden ingredients such as alcohol are considered not Halal.
WHAT MAKES NAIL POLISH PROHIBITED IN ISLAM?
Typical nail polish made by mainstream brands often contains animal by-products and/or prohibited ingredients such as alcohol. This isn't the only reason they are often avoided by Muslim women. Mainstream nail polish also creates an impermeable layer when applied, blocking water from getting to the nail bed. Although this doesn't make mainstream nail polish Haram (Unlawful in accordance with Islamic law), it does cause a huge inconvenience to practicing Muslims. Why? In Islam, before preforming prayers a cleansing ritual (Ablution/Wudu) is required. Wudu/Ablution is a process where the entire body is cleansed including the nails. Muslims pray five times a day. The impermeable layer over the nail bed created by typical nail polish acts as a barrier to water. This does not allow nails to be cleansed during Ablution. So, if a practicing Muslim wanted to wear nail polish, they would need to remove it and reapply it after each prayer. Sounds like quite the inconvenience right?
HOW CAN NAIL POLISH BE HALAL?
Halal nail polish is manufactured and produced in accordance with Islamic law. It does not contain animal by-products or prohibited ingredients. It's also made with a unique breathable formula. This formula is what really differentiates it from mainstream nail polish. It allows water and oxygen to permeate through it. The breathability aspect of Halal nail polish makes it possible to perform Ablution/Wudu with nail polish on. Providing a long-overdue solution to Muslim women.
SO, CAN YOU PRAY WITH HALAL NAIL POLISH?
Yes, Halal nail polish can be used during Ablution. We recommend using up to two thin coats to maximize permeability. Also, make sure to rub each nail at least once under running water during Ablution. The amount of time you rub does not matter as long as you thoroughly rub each nail.
IS VEGAN NAIL POLISH HALAL?
Vegan nail polish is free of Animal by-products but may still contain prohibited ingredients such as alcohol.
IS MERSI NAIL POLISH HALAL?
Yes, at Mersi we believe everyone should be able to enjoy the simple joy of using nail polish. Our nail polish is Halal Certified by ISWA Halal certification department ensuring it was manufactured and produced in accordance with Islamic law. Our formula 100% vegan and free of any prohibited ingredients. Our nail polish is made with a Breathable formula. Lab-tested and Certified for water permeability by SGS labs.
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