Breathable nail polish a hit with Muslims

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

AP: For many observant Muslim women, manicures have been a problem as nail polish prevents water from making contact with nails in pre-prayer hand and arm washing five times a day.

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.

"It's huge," said Saleh, a 35-year-old who hadn't polished her nails in many years but immediately went out and bought the product in five colors, including a bright pink, a burgundy and a mauve. "I am excited. I feel more feminine — and I just love it."

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