By Tracy Kornet

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – When trips to the salon ate too much of a paycheck, some women started making their own hair care products at home –– and saved hundreds of dollars in the process.

Danea Thuemmel has had problems with her hair and scalp for months.

“I had itchy, dry scalp, and it was getting on my clothes,” she said.  “Normally in the mornings when I’m at my computer doing my emails and stuff, I’m always kind of itching and scratching.”

The mother of two from Coppell says she tried specialized shampoos, but nothing seemed to work.  So, she decided to take matters into her own hands by making some homemade remedies.

“I blended up half a cucumber, half an avocado, and a third of sour cream,” Thuemmel explained.  The mixture is supposed to help relieve itchy, dry scalp, and Thuemmel says it does work.

“With a lot of professional products, there’s a lot of dyes, a lot of acids, and a lot of stuff I cannot even pronounce,” said expert hair stylist, Susan Channell.

She encourages her clients to use homemade products when available.

“This kind of strips it down to the complete basics, and the cool thing about this is it eliminates all the unnecessary fillers,” Channell said.

African American woman can to add softness and strength to their hair naturally with Molasses.  To pre-treat, wet your hair and apply 1/4 cup of molasses from root to tip.

Leave that in for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Afterwards, shampoo and condition normally.

You can also make a deep conditioning pack by mixing 1/4 cup of molasses with equal part olive or avocado oil, and then add this to your conditioner.

For best results, experts recommend Black Strap Molasses, which is available at most grocery and natural food stores.

If oily hair is a problem for you, try using a mixture of water, chamomile tea, and apple cider vinegar or sea salt.

But, Channell warns if you have color-treated hair, this mixture could cause fading.  If that happens, though, there are homemade remedies to brighten your hue.

Blondes can use chamomile tea, while redheads may benefit from using carrots, cranberries, and honey.

“If you let it sit and put a plastic bag and put it under some heat because you want to open the cuticles a little bit,” Channell explained.  “It’ll deposit a little bit of color, but it also depends on what red you are.”

For a simple do-it-yourself volumizer, Channell recommends mixing sea salt and water inside a spray bottle.

Spray a little onto your roots, and then blow dry.  With many of these recipes, especially ones that call for oil, Channell recommends using an inexpensive sulfite-free shampoo afterwards just to rinse out the mix and get rid of any excess oils.

Thuemmel says she likes what she sees so far, and plans to find other recipes to try out. Interested? Visit these two resources to learn some of the tricks to save money without sacrificing hair health.