There is good news for Muslim women who want to pray with their nails painted. Orly’s halal nail polish line, Halal Paint, promises to cater to the needs of Muslim women all over the world. The American company collaborated with lifestyle and beauty website MuslimGirl to create the product line.
According to a Huffington Post report, the nail polish line is a collection of six different water-permeable nail colors with names such as “Ig-Noor the Haters,” “#MuslimGirlFire,” and “The Perfect Amani-cure,” named after the MuslimGirl founder Amani Al-Khatahtbeh.
Muslims generally avoid painting their nails because it creates a barrier between their skin and the water during Wudu (water ablution), meaning that the water will not reach every part of their body, as it is required before prayers.
The new beauty line allows oxygen and water to penetrate through the polish coats, reaching the nail itself. It is also 13-free, meaning that it lacks 13 ingredients such as parabens, gluten, and animal derived ingredients. The nail polish does not require the application of any base or top coat.
MuslimGirl’s chief of staff, Azmia Magane said on Halal Paint’s website that the polish line is important “because there are so many girls and young women who aren’t represented in mainstream beauty.”
“They either don’t fit that definition or see things about them that are designed without them, instead of for them and by them. This is our way of bridging the gap,” she is quoted to have said. The Halal Paint nail polishes are available for pre-order on the brand’s official website for $49. They only ship to the United States.