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Inglot O2M: The Halal Nail Polish


Inglot breathable nail polishes have hit the stores. Muslim women of all ages have been waiting with bated breath to be able to wear nail polish whenever they like. For those unaware of ablution conditions for Muslims, and are wondering what all the fuss is about, let me explain.


Muslims pray five times a day, and the prerequisite to prayer is performing wudu, or ablution. One of the conditions of the ablution is for the water to touch every small part of the body being washed. This includes the nails. A regular nail polish obstructs the flow of water to the nails. Hence, many Muslim women choose not to use nail polish on a regular basis.


Recently though, a few companies have claimed to have discovered the holy grail of makeup – breathable, water permeable nail polish. Inglot, a Polish company, is one of those companies who are selling a range of these halal products in Mall of Arabia at SR65 apiece.

Some of Inglot's gorgeous colours. Inglot O2M.

A few of Inglot’s O2M colour range.

A note of caution though. Although the colours are gorgeous and vibrant, the jury is still out on whether these nail varnishes are truly water permeable and halal. Some customers have carried out experiments with varying results. Easmin Miah votes against it in her blog Oh So Peachy. Reem Faruqi conducted an experiment on Doodling Through Life, and says that some colours permeate if they are rubbed, and submerged in the water sufficiently long enough.


Here is Inglot’s official video on the water permeability of this range:

We would recommend that you do some research of your own on this. There is lots more information out there to read up on. Mustafa Umar has a pretty comprehensive piece with lots of relevant links at SuhaibWebb.


Well-known makeup artist Nilo Haq, Founder of IGlow and Editor-in-Chief of Jeddah Beauty Blog (and previously columnist here at Jeddah Blog) told us exclusively, “I am sceptical about Inglot’s breathable nail polish. Firstly because I don’t want to take any risks with my prayers. I’m not sure if the tests done by Inglot are okay, because out of the people who have tried to recreate the tests, some claim it has worked for them while others claim it hasn’t.” Nilo went on to say, “When I tried it, to me my heart didn’t agree. I’d wait for more research and tests before I’d go ahead and perform wudu with Inglot’s Breathable Nail polish.”


Jeddah Blog reader Bushra Masood says, “I love the Inglot breathable nailpolishes. They don’t come off easily though, and I’ve heard that they might not be breathable.”


Another brand catching everyone’s attention and getting more favourable results is Tuesday in Love. We are yet to hear whether it has entered the Jeddah market.


What do you think about all this? Have you bought Inglot and tried it out? Do you think it is a halal nail polish, or is it doubtful? Leave us a comment and let us know.


Author: Sabaa J Ali from http://jeddah-blog.com/2014/01/30/inglot-o2m-the-halal-nail-polish/



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    May 16, 2014 at 2:43 am

    Thanks so much for sharing all with the awesome info! I am looking forward to checking out far more posts! gdgadeeekcfgaebd

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      December 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      isnt it safest to wear the nail polish that just peels off . then after prayer you can put it on again to be safe. Thats my opinion.

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    March 27, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I was delighted when I first heard about inglot. Every time I want to go out and try a bottle I had doubts that it’s halal for prayers. Until its confirmed by an ulama I will not risk it.

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    April 7, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    “I’m not sure if the tests done by Inglot are okay”- leave it to middle easterners to be sceptical about everything. Inglot is a professional company with a full on scientific lab, any test they do is far superior to the so called “tests” being done by these bloggers.

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    May 20, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I’ve tested two colors at home, and it didn’t work two times. May be in Inglots test it worked, because they used coffee filter and they rubbed it very generously, not all the time we have so many ch time to make wudu and we can just forget, anyways I think we should choose akhira and be very careful with our prayer and delete it before prayer

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    May 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

    I also want to add that we should beautify ourselves only in front of our husbands and as I noticed most men doesn’t really care about the nails color, more important just to keep them accurate and clean, that sometimes gets even harder with polish, when it starts to fall of.

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