Japanese scientists say they may have discovered the cure for baldness within a chemical used to make McDonald’s fries. As it turns out, a type of silicone added to McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing, may do something for a fading hairline.
A stem cell research team from Yokohama National University reports that they used a “simple” method to regrow hair on mice with the silicone dimethylpolysiloxane (say that three times fast - we dare you).
Scientists were able to produce hair follicle germs created using the silicone. Professor Junji Fukuda says they used “oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane at the bottom of [the] culture vessel, and it worked very well.” He adds that the “hair follicle germs were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon injection into the backs of nude mice.
Black hairs were produced on the mice that were given the silicone and Fukuda says this method is “very promising” to work on humans. He hopes the technique will “improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss.” McDonalds has yet to respond.