The LAB A Salon
is a full-service, cutting-edge boutique hair salon located in San Diego's North Park neighborhood.
Founded by Owner/Operator and Master Stylist Adrianne Tolentino in 2008, The LAB has generated thousands of custom looks for men and women, hosted hundreds of events ranging from runway fashions to parties to ongoing educational classes, while maintaining a reputation for excellence, expertise, passion, and badassery.
Owner / Operator
Adrianne “Age” Tolentino is a master stylist/cutter/colorist and educator with a passion for the art of styling. She opened The LAB in 2008 with a vision of providing exceptional experiences for both clients and stylists, which remains her ethos of operations to this day.
Age served as a TIGI Ambassador for seven years, and continuous to educate and collaborate with Alfaparf Milano, as well as Anthony Edge of Edge Academy, creator of the Sitch product line. She utilizes her roles as perpetual teacher and student to propel her growth as an artist and owner. Her madly progressive and innovative specialties include the latest in hair cutting, color techniques (balayage, hair painting, etc.), extensions, smoothing treatments, styling, and avant-garde looks. She regularly participates in fashion and hair shows, photo shoots, publication and event styling.
Operations, Project & Communications Director
Chris Atkins is the LAB’s Operations, Project, & Communications Director, and Age's life and business partner. Utilizing his wealth of experience in a variety of areas, Chris’ central role includes business development; product forecasting, purchasing and analysis; and operations, sales, and financial planning; ensuring the smooth operations of The LAB.
Balancing a bustling salon while maintaining a harmonious household with three kids is no small feat, but this dynamic couple does it with grace and determination. Their ability to navigate the dance of entrepreneurship, family, and personal ambitions is nothing short of inspiring. Their story is a testament to the power of love, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams, and it's all waiting for you at The LAB!
The (Rad) LAB Stylists