Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf Mangera
Actually nail polish is very different from henna. Nail Polish is like paint which forms a barrier on the nails so that water can not get to them, whereas wetting the nails is necessary in wudu and ritual bathing.
Henna, on the hand, does not form a coating but changes the pigment of the skin and nails, hence, does not stop the water from reaching the nails or skin.
In terms of an alternative, the most preferred is henna, since it has been recommended by the Prophet (upon him be peace) [please see answer below].
Since, a women does not pray during menses, the problem of nail polish being a barrier for wudu would not arise during that time. However, if it was applied during that period it would have to be removed for the ritual bathing afterwards.
Explain these points to your husband and hopefully he will understand the complication with nail polish.
And Allah knows best.
Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf
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