Is it true that our hair and nails continue to grow for awhile after our death?
- oldprofLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
Not true. That's an old wives tale. What actually happens is that as the body dries up after death, the skin shrinks and exposes more nail at the quick. And that makes them appear to grow longer.
- In the CountryLv 56 months ago
Death means dead, hair and nails cannot grow when you are died.
- IOMLv 76 months ago
The short answer is no, though it may not seem that way to the casual observer. That's because after death, the human body dehydrates, causing the skin to shrink. This shrinking exposes the parts of the nails and hair that were once under the skin, causing them to appear longer than before.
- SteveLv 76 months ago
No, that's a myth. Our skin shrinks and pulls back a bit giving the impression that the nails have grown. Nothing can grow if the cells are dead.
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- JoleneLv 76 months ago
No. That is not true. What happens is that the skin surrounding them recedes, so they look like they have grown, but in reality they have not.
- WBLv 76 months ago