Lance Collins

Lance is a New Orleans native who has been in the beauty industry since 1991. He joined Salon Mario Russo in the spring of 2008. He worked for years in New York, honing his skills and doing print work for many magazines, including Self, TV Guide, Town and Country, and Southern Living. Lance has also worked for Ritz-Carlton Salons and Spas, training new stylists and colorists in the high standards of the Ritz-Carlton. As an employee of a world-class company, Lance styled celebrity clients such as Dustin Hoffman, Patricia Arquette, Courtney Cox, Mary Tyler Moore, Mandy Moore, and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima. When Lance relocated to Boston, he was eager to join the highly respected Salon Mario Russo team.In 2013, Lance received the highly respected ‘Best Men’s Haircut’ award by ‘Improper Bostonian’ magazine. Lance is motivated in his styling and coloring work by the client-stylist interaction. He says of his craft, “I get to help clients feel great about themselves. That is a reward in and of itself!”

Violet Furxhi

Boston Magazine's Best of Boston Winner Best Blowout 2007 & Best Hair Extension 2019

Violet was born and raised in Albania, where at an early age she realized her natural talent for helping people make their hair dreams a reality. Having trained with Vidal Sassoon in Santa Monica, she joined Salon Mario Russo in 2002, and quickly developed her natural ability to help her clients understand their hair. Violet is trained and practices the latest methods and new technology with hair extensions. She is one of the most sought after stylists by the brides and bridal parties. The 2007 Boston Magazine Best of Boston winner for “Best Blow Dry”, is known for her beautiful up-dos, twists and chignons. She has created looks for Boston society and celebrities, including Belinda Carlisle of the Go Go’s, Tonya Chen Mezrich of NECN, Wendy Nicks of NBC, and many others. She has created runway looks for Mike & Ton Fall/Winter 2011, and was one of the stylists of the Michael DePaulo’s Couture lookbook Fall/Winter 2011. Her hair styles and up-dos have been featured in the Improper Bostonian, the NECN’s Morning show with Tonya Mezrich and Bridget Blythe, and the Bridal Styles Boutique. Violet is dedicated to make all her clients leave the salon not only with a look they love, but also with a look they can maintain everyday.

Sal Malafronte

Sal Malafronte

Best Haircut by Boston Common Magazine 2022

Sal is a master stylist who joined the Mario Russo team in 1998. He was named Artistic Director in January of 2011. He specializes in haircuts that emphasize clean lines and gorgeous, sexy styling. Sal believes very strongly in continuing education and has received advanced training in New York at Bumble & Bumble and Shu Uemura, as well as in London at Vidal Sassoon and Tony & Guy. Sal is currently the Associate Director of the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Atelier team, and travels the country educating on cutting and styling. Sal has worked backstage at New York Fashion Week for Rodarte, Suno, Thakoon, Theory and Monique Lhuillier as well as for John Varvatos and Salvatore Ferragamo. He has worked locally for designers Mike & Ton and Daniela Corte. Sal’s editorial work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Boston Magazine and Stuff. He has styled six covers of the Improper Bostonian magazine and has worked with celebrities such as musician Lori Mckenna, comedian Mo Rocca, actress, America Ferrera, author Tina Brown, and TV host Clinton Kelly. Sal has also styled hair for the clothing store Louis website and appeared on the show Ambush Makeover. He was named Boston’s Best Blowout by Allure magazine and the Improper Bostonian and was one of Stuff’s Players for 2011. Sal is a self-confessed “entertainment and pop-culture junkie” and uses the knowledge of contemporary culture to inspire his hairstyles.



Monika Ramizi

Boston Magazine Best of Boston Winner Best Bridal Stylist 2008

Monika joined Salon Mario Russo in 1996 after earning her degree in philosophy. She perfected her craft by working closely with Mario as her mentor. Since beginning her career as a stylist and colorist, Monika has been featured in national and local press. In 2008, she was recognized in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston for “Best Bridal Updo.” Monika understands the importance of being a consultant for her clients. She listens carefully and provides styles that match her clients’ lifestyles. It is of paramount importance to her that her clients leave the salon not only having had a pleasant experience in the salon, but more importantly, with styles that look great and work in their everday life. Monika’s client list includes professionals, TV reporters, and The Herald.