Those suffering from some form of hair loss will no doubt have read with interest the recent claims that McDonald’s fries could be the cure for baldness. The media are always on the hunt for an eye-grabbing headline and hair loss is a topic of great interest to many of their readers, so it is no surprise that the press seized on a recent scientific study in alopecia and sensationalised it.
However, as desperate as you might be to believe this news, unfortunately, McDonald’s fries will not cure baldness. Here is the truth behind the headlines.
Chemical found in McDonald’s fries provides hope for future cure
The reason McDonald’s fries have hit the headlines as a potential baldness cure is because of a chemical added to the cooking oil used for the fries, to prevent it from foaming during the cooking process. Japanese researchers managed to develop a method to mass-produce hair follicle germs using the dimethylpolysiloxane chemical.
So, the fries themselves aren’t actually beneficial to the hair in any capacity. It is the chemical added to the cooking oil which has helped scientists develop a potential treatment. It is the first-time hair follicle germs have been mass produced and proven effective at re-growing hair in mice.
Understanding hair regeneration therapy
While the initial headlines may be misleading, scientists have still developed a promising potential cure for baldness. Hair regeneration therapy itself is not a new concept. Researchers and scientists have been working on potential hair regeneration cures for years now.
As far back as 2012, scientists managed to achieve functional hair regeneration using adult stem cells. However, up until recently, it hasn’t been possible to mass-produce the cells. Preliminary reports do suggest the method would also work on people, though human studies are yet to be carried out.
The results of the recent study were published within the Biomaterials journal. It was reported the researchers managed to develop up to 5000 hair follicle germs in one go. After transplanting them into bald mice, hair started to regrow within a few days.
Current hair loss treatment options
Although this new research is exciting, it is unlikely to be available to hair loss sufferers for at least a couple of years. However, patients who are suffering from hair loss right now do have numerous treatment options available to them.
The first step is to book a consultation with a hair specialist. There, a thorough examination and tests of the scalp will be carried out to determine not just the cause of the problem, but to identify the best course of treatment going forward. It is extremely important to diagnose the root cause of hair loss as each requires a different type of treatment.