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Do the nails and hair of a dead person continue to grow?

Find out if the nails and hair of a dead person continue to grow.

Healthy hair is often lustrous and full of volume. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
©Shutterstock, 2010
Healthy hair is often lustrous and full of volume.

No, the nails and hair of a dead person don't continue to grow. Between 12 and 18 hours after death, the body begins to dry out, and that causes the tips of the fingers and the skin of the face to shrink, creating the illusion that the nails and hair have grown.

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