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Acrylic nails

9 February, 2005

Question:

I know that when a woman goes to the mikvah she has to cut and clean her nails plus take off any nail polish that she is wearing. But at the same time I was wondering what happens when one has acrylic nails. Are they allowed to go to the Mikvah with them on or do they have to get them removed every month. I am just curious to know if one is allowed to go to the Mikvah with acrylic nails.


Answer:

Based on the parameters for chatzitzah, there is a basis for permitting mikveh immersion with items intended for beautification that are not meant to be removed.  However, it is not the general custom to immerse with artificial fingernails.

Therefore, an individual rabbinic question must be asked.  If, after weighing the circumstances, the rabbi rules that she may immerse in this way, the local mikveh attendant needs to be informed that this practice was permitted in this case.  The woman should have them refilled and clean them well prior to mikveh use.


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