McDonald’s french fries are delicious -- and may help to regrow your hair. According to the claims of a new study in Japan, scientists say that a chemical used in the cooking of the fast food chain’s french fries may hold the cure for baldness.

According to the study, Japanese scientists were able to generate nearly 5,000 “hair follicle germs” (HFG) which is apparently one of the biggest obstacles in creating hair regenerative medicine.


CBS DFW reports researchers at Yokohama National University found that the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, which Mickey D's uses in their cooking oil as an anti-foaming agent, helped to mass produce hair follicles which grew new hair after being placed into mice.

“We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well,” Professor Junji Fukuda said in a press release. Working with the modified french fry-cooking ingredient, researchers created “HFG chips” which carried batches of the new follicles and implanted them into the mice. The chips, transplanted into the backs and scalps of the subjects, reportedly began to grow new black hair from each patch.

“This simple method is very robust and promising. We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss,” Fukuda added.

If you don't eat french fries like the rest of us human, a chemical in coffee is also making headway in the science community to help find the cure for baldness. At the end of the day, these are just scientific theories. The best cure for baldness might just be a stylish hat.