The idea of McDonald’s french fries causing hair growth seems like some sort of fast food science fiction, but researchers from Yokohama National University in Japan believe they may have discovered a cure for baldness which uses a chemical found in McDonald’s famous fries.
Referring to it as the “simple” method, scientists say it has been shown to regrow hair on rodents and shows terrific promise to do the same in humans.
Dimethylpolysiloxane, a chemical silicone used in the iconic pommes frites and added in order to keep the frying oil from foaming, has been clinically shown to regrow small hairs in a matter of days.
The trials were able to mass-produce “hair follicle germs,” also known as HFG, for the first time in this manner. The method is widely projected to be successful in human skin tissue tests as well.
The news comes at a time when hair loss treatments are at a premium. Recent numbers from 2016 report that the hair loss treatment manufacturing industry was valued at $6 billion. The value includes topical as well as oral treatments and equipment such as hair grafts.
The Japanese scientists noted that this method has been successful in HFG formation. According to reports in Newsweek, “HFG’s are the cells that drive follicle development and are known as the ‘Holy Grail’ of hair loss research. The scientists credited the use of dimethylpolysiloxane as the key to the advancement.”
Although they have yet to comment on the scientific findings, McDonald’s customers may now think twice when asked, “You want fries with that?”