London, Jan 26: A "breathable" nail polish, which allows water vapour to pass through to the nail, is causing a stir among devout Muslim women who are unable to wear regular nail paint because of the washing involved in daily prayers.
Inglot Cosmetics, a company from Poland which is available in the US at Macy's, has released a new line of permeable polish called O2M which will allow Muslim women the freedom to wear polish as they please, the Daily Mail reported.
Muslim professor Mustafa Umar explained on his blog 'The Evolution of Ideas' that there is "nothing intrinsically wrong with wearing nail polish," the real issue is that this substance forms an impermeable barrier over the nails preventing water from getting underneath.
For years, women have been required to either remove and reapply polish for prayers every day, or wait to wear it during the week they have their period - when they're not allowed to pray.
But, Umar said, "this usually indicates to another person that a sister is undergoing her period, which can be very embarrassing for others to know."
The urge to wear nail polish on a regular basis has become so strong, however, that some women have taken to wearing stick-on nail polish that can be easily peeled off.
The O2M polish uses a polymer used in some contact lenses, which allows oxygen and moisture to penetrate to the nail. (ANI)