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Shellac nail polish

10 November, 2015


Are you allowed to go into the mikvah with shellac nail polish if it was freshly done? It stays on for 2 weeks without any chips.


It is highly preferable to immerse without any barrier on the nails (including polish, gel, shellac, acrylic/gel nails, etc.).  If it is impossible to wait until after immersing before getting a shellac manicure, or if you already had the polish put on without realizing it may be a chatzitzah (and it would be difficult to remove), you may immerse with the polish on if it is in perfect condition – not chipped or damaged at all. Nevertheless, you should make significant efforts to immerse without the polish.

There is a range of halachic opinion on this matter, so – if you plan to immerse with nail polish – you may wish to call the mikveh in advance of immersion to clarify its policy.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.


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