Sometimes you come across buzz-worthy research that makes you do a double take and pulls you in from the shock factor... and this is one of them.
Recently, researchers from Yokohama National University in Japan have developed a method that may lead to a new treatment for hair loss and potentially help cure baldness.
A particular chemical used in the study called dimethylpolysiloxane has been linked to an unexpected source —McDonald’s french fries. Gasp!
This silicone, used in McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing, has been found to promote hair growth.
In a paper published in the journal Biomaterials, the scientists said they were able to generate up to 5,000 hair follicle germs simultaneously. *Round of applause.*
And according to Junji Fukuda, a professor at the university who helped write the study, “The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for culture vessel. We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane at the bottom of the culture vessel, and it worked very well.”
The ‘Holy Grail’ Of Hair Loss Research
Follicle regeneration could be hope for the future and a miracle in the making.
“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Fukuda said. “We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia.”
Mice that had these follicles transplanted onto their backs and scalps started to sprout new black hairs in these areas, the researchers said.