Probation officer discovers true calling, leaves career to open Dearborn Heights beauty salon

Kawana Baldwin, known as the Eyelash Kween, spent years in a career completely unrelated to beauty before finding her true calling.

Baldwin was a probation and parole officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections. She was a decade into her career in 2015 when a colleague recruited her to sell makeup.

“I remember at 12 years old.. my mother teaching me how to do hair… by the time I was in high school I was doing hair in my parents’ basement, but I never equated it to a gift or talent,” Baldwin said.

However, that colleague asking her about selling makeup changed things.

“It sparked something in me,”

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