Could anyone explain any adverse effect associated with using desalinated water on over all health and hair esp hair fall. As I have read on internet that desalinated water is quite harsh for scalp/skin and hair..
You are going to get a whole mix of results on your question. Overall, the water is safe but it is a bit harsh; I would not worry too much since it is simply something you must accept. The most difficulties would be with infants, and those with infants could better answer that aspect.
I would not let this be big concern for you; it is simply part of life here and you should not have any negative effects.
I have heard of a couple of people over the years who have trouble with the water on their skin or hair. Those who have trouble with the water on their hair, use bottled water for their hair. I am not sure what those who have skin problems do about it. I do not know what the dermatologists here do about it.
Could anyone explain any adverse effect associated with using desalinated water on over all health and hair esp hair fall. As I have read on internet that desalinated water is quite harsh for scalp/skin and hair.
I think you may be confusing desalinated water with what we call "raw" water. If you are living in one of Aramco's main family camps, you will not be using desalinated water. In an Aramco house, you will have sweet (potable) water and depending on exactly where you live, possibly raw water (treated and safe, but relatively high in mineral content and not palatable for drinking). Some houses in Dhahran now have only sweet water throughout the house.
If you live outside the main family camps (including Ar-Rakah or Dhahran Tower) you will almost certainly be using desalinated water, probably from the power/desal plant down the coast in Aziziyah. I am not aware of any health or scalp problems related to desalinated water.
Raw water on the other hand, is a different matter about which there are mixed opinions, as previous posts have already mentioned.
You can consider getting a shower filter if you want to remove chlorine, which should help with your hair and skin.
For drinking, we filter the sweet water with a Berkey water filter instead of buying bottled water. Most bottled here water has fluoride either added to it or it's naturally high (not sure which). The good bottled water is very expensive.
Rakah has sweet water throughout and yet there have been comments about the water being problematic for hair. I am personally of the opinion that that the sun does a lot more damage to hair than the water. The sun here is very hot. I use a heat protector product, as you might for blowdrying and have no problems.
The sweeer is a bit of a misnomer since it is potable but not very sweet on the palate. Hard water (which is tastes like it is) is generally regarded as more beneficial to health .
I have had experience with harsh water (non-potable but okay for bathing) for showering in another middle eastern country causing me to have itchy skin.
I looked up different ways of mitigating the problem and found that taking a *bath* and adding baking soda to the bathwater, a couple of tablespoons, did the trick for me. The biggest problem was finding the baking soda in country, so I brought it back with me from the states.
Also, you can find spray moisturizer for those hard to reach places--look for it on amazon.com.
When we moved to a different house, we had a different source of water (again, non-potable), but not nearly as harsh as the previous house's water. At this point, I went back to showering.
I hope this *personal* *experience* *elsewhere* helps in some small way.