Skin Care Myths: Hair and Fingernails Continue to Grow After Death

A popular myth that even made its way to the Sopranos (when Christopher digs up Emil Kolar). It’s not true though.

The reason for the long-held belief may be that dehydration of the body after death, and subsequent shrinking of soft tissue, can create the illusion of growth of hair and nails.

For this and other popular myths that apparently even doctors believe (not me of course), see this NYT piece.