• Question: Does your hair and nails still grow after death ? Yes / no and if for how long?

    Asked by 828xygg42 to Roisin, Mark, Gavin on 17 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Gavin Coleman

      Gavin Coleman answered on 17 Nov 2016:

      They don’t grow, but what does happen is the skin dehydrates and recedes a bit, giving the appearance that the hair and nails are longer!

    • Photo: Roisin Jones

      Roisin Jones answered on 17 Nov 2016:

      Gavin has hit the nail on the head for this one! Before we knew that though people used to think it was a sign of the dead coming back to life, which is where a lot of stories about the undead (zombies, vampires, etc) come from!