Most of us are looking for inspiration to help stay away from French fries. However, anyone worried about going bald might just find the key to fuller follicles in their favorite side order.
They were successful thanks to a chemical called dimethylpolysiloxane. You may not be able to pronounce it, but chances are, you’ve had it in your mouth — it’s can be found in fast-food French fries, including those served at McDonald’s.
The researchers used this to mass-produce what they call “hair follicle germs (HFGs)” on mice.
Professor Junji Fukuda, the lead researcher, explains, “These self-sorted hair follicle germs were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon injection into the backs of nude mice.”
To be clear, the mice did not sit around eating French fries, then suddenly start sprouting Fabio-like hair. Instead, chips were injected with the magic ingredient, dimethylpolysiloxane, then transplanted beneath the skin of the mice.
New hair began to grow within days.
It’s not quite as fun as eating French fries, but the results are promising and might give hope to men and women suffering from various types of baldness.
Professor Fukuda said, “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.”
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