Jac’Quay Martin

Despite her successful corporate job and a lack of entrepreneurial experience, Jac’Quay decided to take a leap of faith and opened Kink’d Hair Boutique — a full-retail store specializing in virgin hair for wholesale and individual customers in early 2016, but she still needed working capital to make her vision a reality.  

After a brief internet search for small business lending options, she approached LiftFund and was able to secure a microloan to purchase new inventory and equipment. By late 2016, the Kink’d store had grown to provide customers with makeup and nails services, as well as a full-service hair salon experience.

Jac’Quay has since expanded her salon to employ three stylists, and expects to hire two more in 2018. She has also expanded the Kink’d Hair brand to include two successful fashion accessories online boutiques.

Eventually, Jac’Quay hopes to expand her beauty business and create a Kink’d franchise to allow others to buy into the brand, open their own businesses and inspire other women to believe in their business dreams.

“I’m proud of the fact that I never gave up. It’s only been two years, but I’ve accomplished so much,” she said. “If it wasn’t for LiftFund, [success] wouldn’t have happened for me, but now that I’m here, I plan to help others find success.”