What’s the deal with breathable nail polish?

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

We’re all about inclusive beauty (praise be to Fenty), so naturally the idea of “breathable” nail polish got us excited. Some beauties have been asking about it, and as your resident #BeautyBestie, we’ve got you covered.

Breaking it down…

Before the creation of breathable polish, devout Muslims were not allowed to wear nail polish because it interferes with wudu, an Islamic cleansing procedure of washing parts of the body before prayer.

Traditional nail polish variations – while pretty and perfectly pigmented – are packed with ingredients and molecules that don’t allow water and air to pass through the bold, clear and nude layers of colour we adorn our nails in.

Since the polish prevents water from penetrating to the surface of the nail, Muslims don’t wear nail polish – or they have to regularly remove their polish before prayers. And that’s not exactly ideal as there are around five prayer times per day. So that’s the reason we don’t commonly see Islamic woman wearing nail polish! Some wear henna, while others just choose to keep their nails product-free.

Fast forward to the present, a special formula has been created that allows water and air to pass through and the omission of bad guys like toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – A.K.A stuff you really don’t want on your nails.

Breathable polish in SA

While the concept is not new (Inglot released a range in 2013), nail care experts ORLY has since also released a range of must-have colours that are pretty and most importantly; suitable for all beauties.

And it’s not just Muslim nail polish enthusiasts who can benefit. The Breathable polish allows you to rock all your favourite shades daily (for those who don’t dare leave home without perfectly painted nails), without the damage – with an option to actually treat your nails while you paint them!

Inglot’s O2M Breathable Polish is available in a host of shades but the polish pioneers have some serious competition judging by the slew of porous polishes from ORLY which were recently also been deemed #HalaalCertified.

And while the Inglot range basically changed the nail polish game, they do not have Halaal certification in South Africa.

ORLY’s nail polish has similar technology to contact lenses, which allows oxygen and hydration to pass through. Since water is able to penetrate the polish and reach the nail bed, Muslim beauties can wear it and still perform their cleansing ritual. Their collection includes Treatment+Colour and Treatment+Shine options that allow you to apply colour and treat your nails at the same time!

We simply love the names of the international #Halaal Orly collection ranging from “What the Fatima” and “Haram-Bae”, to “Ig-Noor the Haters”, and “The Perfect Amani-cure”. Granted we don’t have it in South Africa just yet, but we love the direction the beauty industry is heading into.

Nourishing nail products to try:

1) Sorbet Acetone Free Hydrate Nail Polish Remover, R46

2) Ingot 02M Breathable Nail Enamel, R199 each

3) The Body Shop Nail Filer Crystal, R85

4) ORLY Breathable Treatment+Color and Treatment+Shine, R165 each

Written by

Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. KhanyiN Ngcobo

    Interesting article, maybe this will change my mind about nail polishes , I’ll try it out

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Humaira Motala

    Anything Sorbet is simply amazing !

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    These breathable nail polish actually comes in 18 different colors if i am correct .

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    These products look amazing .

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    Would love to try out this product .

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Carol Thomas

    Hellelujah!! I have been waiting for this product for years!!

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Chandni Jivan

    WOW!!! I’m definitely going to try this

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Fana_kw Karani-wookey

    A REALLY BIG THANK YOU TO THE MAKERS OF BREATHABLE NAIL POLISH!!!!!THANKS FOR THE INFO. I’VE ORDERED MY ORLY BREATHABLE NAIL POLISH.CANT WAIT TO TRY IT.

    3 weeks ago •

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