Josie Faria

Josie Faria

Master stylist and colorist, Josie Maria Faria brings a sophisticated, international sensibility to her clientele. Originally from Portugal, Josie is well-traveled with a great eye for style, learning her techniques in both cut and color from the very best in the hair industry.

In 1994, Josie joined the Sassoon brand, which is renowned for its perfectionist approach to design, cut, and in particular, shape. It was with that training, Josie mastered the art of styling to bring out the best in every client. As a result, she cuts, colors and styles to suit the individual and never to merely follow a trend.

Josie next went onboard with Wella, in order to add mastery of the nuances of color to her slate. She truly found her métier as a colorist. She took her skills to the next level to become a certified Wella educator. She is an incredibly gifted colorist, which requires her to be not only an artist, but also a chemist. Josie knows how to adapt her technique to suit the individual client, whether they want subtle blonde highlights or flaming reds. She is adept at covering grey hair while delivering incredible shine and luster. Combining a flattering cut with stunning color is her gift, and all who schedule with her leave the salon feeling beautiful.

For the past 25 years, Josie has been styling hair at the top salons of Back Bay’s famed Newbury Street. She has won numerous awards for her achievements in both cut and color. Josie continues to take master classes and workshops to keep abreast of evolving techniques in her field and to maintain her high-level talents. It’s no wonder her clients remain loyal to Josie and trust their beautiful hair to no one else!

Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson

Boston Magazine Best of Boston Winner Best Colorist 2016

Amanda grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts and attended Syracuse University where she double-majored in Fashion and Retail Management. While at Syracuse, she discovered her passion for the beauty industry and her desire to help people realize their full self-worth through looking their best. Shortly after, she pursued a career as a professional hair colorist. Amanda’s training began on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and in 2005, Amanda sought out Salon Mario Russo because of Mario’s standard of excellence. She continues to advance her career and expertise by taking a variety of classes including, but not limited to, advanced color classes through Wella with Alexandra Matiz, the world wide hair tour in Barcelona, Spain, and classes held throughout Boston and New York. Amanda was voted Boston Magazines “runner up” for Best Brunette Colorist in 2009! Amanda takes deep pride in her work and understands the importance of suggesting the perfect color. She is passionate about enhancing ones natural beauty and bringing out her clients inner confidence! She loves “beautiful, healthy” hair and insists in maintaining an at-home regime of color safe products. Amanda wishes every client to leave Salon Mario Russo loving their color and feeling like a better version of themselves.


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.

Ini Spahiu

Boston Magazine 2022 Best Colorist

Ini joined the team of Mario Russo in 2011.  Color is her passion as she delicately balances science with art creating formulations that are just right!

Ini’s creative and sharp eye is equally balanced with her honed detailed masterful techniques.  Her color education is ongoing having earned her creditindials from the Wella Institute in NYC in all levels including corrective application.

Ini’s warm personality instantly comforts her clients as she skillfully designs the tone best suited for their individual taste, lifestyle and features.

She is a true artist.

Patricia Zurn

Patricia Zurn

Education Director

Becoming a stylist for some is a natural progression.  Hair transforms into art and hairdressing becomes a stylist’s expression of their art.  This is true for Patricia.

Having grown up in a rural community in Maine, at the age of eighteen she migrated to Boston.  She knew city life was calling.  She attended and graduated from Mass Art with her degree in fine arts. It was during that time, after graduation, and before full time employment, that she discovered hairdressing.

The similarities were overwhelming.  She could paint, sculpt, design, create new looks with every client.  She found her path.

Education is important to Patricia and she seeks it with every spare moment in her busy life. Having completed her precision cutting from Sassoon, and receiving her color training certificates from L’Oréal Balayage Expert, Lived in Color and Pretty Little Ombre.  She has trained with the world’s best.

Patricia is first with a new technique, a new color formula, a new design for achieving that special haircut.

Patricia has won many awards, the most recent to mention would be Boston’s coveted Best of for Hair Extensions, 2019.  She is skilled in several different brands of extensions, Great Lengths, Hair Dreams, Hot Heads to name a few.   Her clients travel from all points of the country to schedule with her.  Her extensions go untestable to the average eye!

Patricia’s hair color is always subtle, natural and blended to the utmost detail.  She will not stop until every client is completely satisfied.

This powerhouse is a true talent, a gentle soul with imagination, polish and professional.