Once upon a time, there were few products on the market in the US that were halal. Today, we are seeing an increase of these products. More companies are seeing the importance of making products that cater to all beliefs and practices. 786 Cosmetics is one of these companies, making a halal nail polish that practicing Muslims can wear. So what does halal mean? What is halal nail polish? Keep reading to discover more about this beauty breakthrough.
What is halal?
Halal is an Arabic word for lawful. For something to be considered halal, it must meet the following criteria:
- Free from any component that Muslims are prohibited from consuming according to Islamic law (Shariah).
- Processed, made, produced, manufactured and/or stored using utensils, equipment and/or machinery that have been cleansed according to Islamic law
Are all beauty products halal?
No. There are many beauty products that are not halal. This is because many ingredients in these products are prohibited by the Qur’an. This includes alcohol and ingredients derived from animals.
What makes most nail polishes prohibited in Muslim faith?
Many formulas include the prohibited ingredients described above. Additionally, most nail polishes are also not breathable. They do not let water or air through. This means that they are not wudu-friendly. In order to wear nail polish at all, practicing Muslims would constantly need to take off nail polish for prayer and later apply it again.
So, what is halal nail polish?
Halal nail polish is breathable and allows oxygen and water to pass through. The technology is similar to what is used in contact lenses. When water is able to penetrate the polish and reach the nail, practicing Muslims can wear it during prayer rituals. Halal nail polish is better for the nails in general. These formulas allow the nails to breathe and usually include more helpful than harmful ingredients. For example, 786 Cosmetics formula is vegan and includes no harsh chemicals.
What makes 786 Cosmetics’ formula Wudu-friendly?
In theory, if oxygen can permeate a film then hydrogen attached to oxygen can also travel with the oxygen, therefore, enabling water to transfer from one side of the film to the other ie the film is “breathable”. By demonstrating that oxygen can transfer from one side of the film to the other in a diffusion chamber under laboratory conditions, then the theory is satisfied. Experimentally, a nail polish film sample is put inside a diffusion chamber separating the two halves of the chamber. Oxygen flows into the top of the chamber and an oxygen-free carrier gas (ie nitrogen that will bind oxygen if it is available) flows into the other half on the other side of the film. The experiment is carried out according to ASTM D 3985 and ISO 15105-2 standards. (These exacting standards have far greater technical relevance than any coffee filter paper test).
As oxygen molecules travel through the film and bind to the carrier gas, the concentration of the combined gases can be measured allowing for the calculation of an Oxygen Transmission Rate (OTR). The OTR measures how much oxygen (cm3) can move through a certain film area (m2) per day iecm3/m2/day. To apply this measure to a film, the measure used is this OTR x micron of thickness of the film or cm/m2/day.um.
Hopefully, more brands will begin to offer halal products. Until then, it is important that the public become educated on why these products need to exist. Interested in purchasing halal nail polish from 786 Cosmetics? You can click here to order your favorite color today. If you have more questions about the product, you can access our frequently asked questions page by clicking here.