The claims by researchers come and go, so take this one with a grain of salt.
According to a study by scientists at Yokohama National University in Japan, the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane has been shown to mass-produce hair follicles on mice. So in what food is dimethylpolysiloxane found? Here’s a hint: Billions and billions of orders of it have been served.
If that’s not enough of a clue, behold:
The chemical is a silicone used in McDonald’s fry oil to prevent splashing.
“The key for the mass production of [hair follicle germs] HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” says Professor Junji Fukuda, the study’s lead researcher. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.”
This simple method is very robust and promising. We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells.
So the next time you find yourself in Mickey D’s and hear the question “Would you like fries with that?” answer in the affirmative. Your follicles will love you for it.