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Is baldness holding your career back? McDonald’s french fries could be the cure

When you’re a balding man in the office, your receding hairline will be seen as a disadvantage in the workplace. The number of hair follicles can even make the difference between you being seen as successful or a loser at work. One study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery found that when participants looked at the same photos of men with different hairlines, they found the men with full heads of hair as more attractive, approachable, and successful than their balding counterparts.

Recognizing the importance of appearances, many men turn to hair transplants. In fact, it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedure men will seek out, with 11,000 procedures done in 2014. But since these cosmetic procedures are not typically covered by insurances, they can cost between $4,000 to $15,000 to complete.

If you are looking a DIY, cheaper alternative to prohibitively expensive treatments, one new study has discovered a baldness-curing ingredient that you can buy for as cheap as $1.39 —McDonald’s french fries.

Study: Oil in McDonald’s french fries could cure baldness

A Japanese stem cell research team found that the same chemical found in McDonald’s french fry oil — dimethylpolysiloxane — could also be used to regrow hair on mice quickly. In the journal Biomaterials, the researchers outline how this chemical was key to mass-producing hair follicle germs in mice.

The researchers are hopeful to transfer the success with hairy mice with hairy humans. “This simple method is very robust and promising,” one of the study’s authors Junji Fukuda said. “We hope that this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia.”

So if you’re a balding professional in want of a full head of hair, take note. The elixir of a fast food chain’s french fries could hold the key to your future success.

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Monica Torres

Monica Torres is a reporter for Ladders. She is based in New York City and can be reached at mtorres@theladders.com.