By Melanie DiSalvo
Sisters – halal makeup is highly under-rated. It’s vegan-friendly, free of drying alcohol, and in terms of nail polish, it’s completely breathable and water permeable, which means you’re never left with dry, flaky, yellow nails. And of course, you don’t have to be Muslim to enjoy the benefits!
But if you are Muslim, you’ll know that historically, Muslim women couldn’t wear nail polish because of wudu – a ritual washing of the hands, lower arms, face, head, and feet that is performed before praying salah. Wudu is a ritual of purification, and to be performed in the correct (halal) manner, water must touch all parts of the aforementioned body parts. Many Muslims have foregone wearing nail polish because by applying the lacquer to their nails they would be blocking water from touching them.
That is, until now.
With the invention of porous, breathable nail varnish that allows molecules of water and oxygen through to the nail, Muslim women now have wudu friendly options – and these halal nail polishes benefit the health of non-Mulsim women’s nails, too.
10 Of The Best Halal Nail Polish Brands
786 is not only certified by the KIC as Hala friendly, it is also vegan and 9 free. Meaning the polishes do not contain toxins like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, DBP, xylene or parabens. Additionally, and the polish is not tested on animals.
The limited edition colours and names for the line are inspired by and pay tribute to, Muslim cities around the world. The Jaipur color is a fun and flirty pink that takes inspiration from the Indian city known for it’s all pink architecture. Dubai mimics sand glistening in the desert sun, and Marrakesh is a bold red color in homage to the “Rose City”
When a lovestruck husband was frustrated after searching in shop after shop for a Halal polish for his wife, he convinced himself that he could create one himself for his spouse, and Tuesday in Love was born.
Today, Tuesday in Love comes in a whole rainbow of shades, and offers an instructional video test for its customers to allow them to verify that their nail polish is truly permeable and Halal friendly. Unlike many other brands, Tuesday in Love is so permeable that no pressure or rubbing during wudu is necessary to get water through to the nail.
Maya cosmetics are perfect for anyone looking for nail polish that’s as clean as can be: they’re IFANCA certified, 9-free, vegan, and verified water permeable by SGS testing labs. For Muslims, their site includes a special wudu tutorial, with instructions on how to take special care while washing the nails.
Nailberry’s award-winning 12-free, vegan friendly polishes are inspired by nature, health, and wellness. The company started as a luxury nail bar in London, and when the owners noticed their client’s nails were brittle and discoloured, they set out to make a better polish. Their current collection highlights pastel pinks, purples, and reds that are perfect for spring and summer. They are also 12-free, vegan, gluten-free, and certified by International Halal Integrity Alliance.
Inglot was one of the first cosmetic companies to create a porous polish with their line of O2M Breathable Nail Enamel back in 2013. Company transparency is at the forefront of their business model, with over 95% of their products made in-house in their own facilities to ensure quality ingredients and fair prices.
But let’s talk beauty: Inglot has become a favourite of industry professionals, and with good reason: their product lasts for ages, comes in a multitude of shades and textures, and dries quickly. No wonder fashion houses like Kenzo and Broadway productions like The Lion King all keep their products well stocked in their makeup artists’ toolkits.
In 1975 Jeff Pink created a nail style that could be worn by actresses from scene to scene with low maintenance: it was the original French manicure, and the popular style grew into a nail polish company, which continues to be owned by Pink’s family today. All polish options boast breathable colour that prevents chipping and and peeling. What’s more: their formulas are infused with argan oil, pro-vitamin B5, and vitamin C, whilst also being 13-free.
LYN stands for ‘Live Your Now’ and is a brand dedicated to enhancing the beauty of women with ingredients that are wrapped in insight and inspiration. They offer a dizzying array of shades and collections, including one for parties and another for vegans. Of course, the brand has also recently expanded into Halal friendly options with their Love Your Nails Ch2olor Complex line.
Vivre promises to nourish your nails with its cruelty free, paraben free, certified Halal, non-GMO and USA-made formulae. Vivre products are made for the busy, modern woman who wants her polish to last and last. The packaging and bottles of this polish line are pure luxury, while the cheekily-hued names like Nudes? I sent him my nails are playful and fun.
The founder of nail polish brand LACC, Farima Hakkak, was born in Iran and raised in San Francisco. Perhaps because of her experience with different cultures, she says her mission “is to inspire all women to follow their hearts, and do something they never thought possible.” If that something is wearing 10-free, 100% Halal nail polish, well, mission accomplished! LACC colours deliver a quick drying, high shine, UV protecting formula.
Amara means “sweetheart” or “dear” in Arabic, and dear is exactly what these polishes are. While the line is somewhat limited in its range of colours, what is on offer so far sure doesn’t skip on quality or performance. As an added bonus, the company also donates money to local charities in that fight for better futures for women and children.
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