Japanese researchers found the chemical stimulated rapid growth of hair follicle stem cells, which were injected into mice and produced hair growth, Newsweek reported. In preliminary studies on the topic, it has also been established that the groundbreaking therapy could work in humans too.
Researchers isolated the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane - which is used in restaurants like McDonald's to prevent oil from boiling over - and used it in a culture vessel that was injected into mice.
They may not be so good for your figure, but scientists in Japan say something in those fries could help your hairline.
"The key for the mass production of hair follicle germs was a choice of substrate materials for culture vessel".
Just in case you needed another excuse to supersize your McDonald's fries (other than the fact that they're the most delicious of all fast food fries), everyone's favorite crispy potatoes may actually help treat hair loss.
Once the HGFs were transplanted into the backs of the mice, new black hairs began to sprout in those areas.
Fukuda's team is hopeful that this method can eventually be used to treat hair loss in humans.
In 2016, the US hair loss treatment manufacturing industry was worth $6 billion, Newsweek reported, including companies that produced oral and topical treatments for hair restoration.