A new ‘breathable’ nail polish called O2M polish, by a Polish company, Inglot, is changing the cosmetic world. And the inventor, Wojciech Inglot, is making a lot of Muslim woman happy:
For Zaida Saleh, like for many observant Muslim women, manicures have long posed a religious problem.
With prayers five times a day, and a pre-prayer ritual that requires washing the hands and arms, traditional fingernail polish has been mostly off limits because it prevents water from making contact with the nails. A new ‘breathable’ nail polish by a Polish company, Inglot, is changing that.
The company and some Muslims say the polish is the first of its kind because it lets air and moisture pass through to the nail. A craze has built up around it with Muslim women in recent months after an Islamic scholar in the United States tested its permeability and published an article saying that, in his view, it complies with Muslim law.
An interesting comment by a possible scientist in the commenters:
Ha ha it’s funny – I’m a scientist and I know that on a microscopic level the nail polish would have to bond to parts of the nail in order to stay on the nail . The breathability would be as a result of microscopic holes in the material . Assuming this wonder material over comes water’s natural surface tension then at best the water would just rinse out the microscopic holes but would still not make contact with the part of the nail that is bonded to the polish. Therefore, technically speaking, this product does not overcome the religious doctrine it is aimed at . But there again, lets not allow science get in the way of an inflammatory DM story eh?
I am all for observance, but not phony observance.