Sep
16
2009

What happens to my hair and nails after death?

Many people wonder what happens to your hair and nail after death. Does your hair and nails still grow by itself or does it just stop right after death? There was an argument saying that your nails and hair still do grow after death, while others say they stop growing after death. What is the answer to this situation?

Well the answer is easy. No, your hair and nails don't still grow after death. As you die, your body dehydrates. This causes the skin and organs to shrink in size (remember your body is made out of 70% of water) but not the hair and nails. This gives the appearance of growth, but it's really the skin being pulled back. The reason the hair and nails don't shrink is because while the rest of the body does, it's already dead. The only part of hair that is alive is the follicle (a small spherical group of cells) and when that dies, you go bald over times as your hair falls out. And since because your hair grows do to protein and oil, there isn't any living cells to carry out this function so it would just be long gone. Hairs and nails don't shrink during funeral time is because they used some moisturizing cream on their body and hair, this stops it from shrinking. And if they didn’t then your hair would have fallen out and you would go bald.

When I first heard about this situation about hair and nails still growing after death, I was shock. And I was like no way your hair and nails still grow after death. I just had to research about the topic and find answers to this. When I did found out that the answer was no, I was like ok this is a better understanding. How can your hair and nails still grow when your body is already shut down? I am glad that I found the answer to this. Now I know the truth.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

does hair become hoarse and grey when you die?

posted on Fri, 03/05/2010 - 5:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Did you mean to ask...Does hair become coarse and gray when you die?

posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 10:54pm
salon software's picture

The hair and nails remains as it is after death.

posted on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 7:09am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Do your nails turn gray once you die?

posted on Fri, 08/27/2010 - 7:55am
deeksha's picture
deeksha says:

No hair remains same as it was

posted on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 11:09am
erica's picture
erica says:

uhm . . . probably. everything else turns gray when you get old and die

posted on Sun, 08/29/2010 - 11:06am
Music unit's picture
Music unit says:

they grow out and you know its time to cut them! heheheh! SILLLLLY!

posted on Sun, 08/29/2010 - 12:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Your hair shrivels up. And your nails fall off ^_^

posted on Sun, 08/29/2010 - 6:27pm
Dr Fox's picture
Dr Fox says:

This was an interesting piece of trivia. Now the debate on whether our hair or nails still grow after death can be put to rest. Thanks for the explanation!

posted on Thu, 01/05/2012 - 1:54am
Bitchy but true's picture
Bitchy but true says:

Um... no, it can't, Dr Fox. First of all are you actually going to take the word of someone who can't even spell? I realize that they are probably from a foreign country but that's honestly no excuse. If they are going to write a blog post in English then they should learn to use proper English.

posted on Sun, 04/01/2012 - 12:52am
Pamone Brewshire's picture
Pamone Brewshire says:

I wondered how long will it take for hair to naturally decompose without interference from other organisms
because I think of hair like nails, when you bite your nails or eat them they are broken down. so do long will it take hair to decompose?

posted on Tue, 08/13/2013 - 2:39am

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