About the Owner 
 Bruce G. Johnson

            Bruce G. Johnson is the owner of Avatar Salon & Wellness Spa and the president and founder of The Avatar Wellness Foundation in Silver Spring , MD.   He has served the beauty industry for over twenty years and his standard of quality has permeated national as well as international borders as he studied, taught, and competed in London, Toronto, Paris, Amsterdam, Greece, and across the United States.  Mr. Johnson is seeking to inspire a new generation of beauty consultants and also consumers through his practice, his approach, and by his example.

            Both of Bruce's organizations have a lifetime commitment of providing the best customer service of beauty and wellness and also providing financial support to programs which are working to enhance the quality of life for pediatric HIV/AIDS patients.    As a husband, father, salon owner, trainer, consultant, and businessman, Bruce has won numerous awards nationally and internationally.  Some of his best awards include: 2008 Washington Life Magazine Power 100 City's Top Movers and Shakers, voted from 2002-present one of  Washingtonian Magazine's Top Hair Salons, 2007 voted one of Bethesda Magazine's Best of Bethesda Wedding Salons and Stylists, 2007 Black Enterprise Magazine featured him in a 'Dare-Dreaming' Article which discussed how he left college to pursue a his passion, and in 1997 Bruce was the winner of The Canadian Cup International Hair Competition in Toronto, Canada, where he became the first American as well as African-American to achieve this honor.

            As a hairdresser Bruce has conducted many seminars around the country on haircutting, hairstyling, hair coloring, and time management in the salon.  He has worked on a host of notable clients such as: Performing Artist Aretha Franklin, Mikki Howard, Bebe and Cece Winan, Ann Nesby, Patti Austin; Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Political Analyst Donna Brazile; Members of Congress Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, the late Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Financial analyst Melanie Hobson, Former Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, Former First Lady of Washington Cora Masters Barry, Bennett College President Julianne Malveaux, and Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander.

            His accolades continue as he has been featured in such publications as O Magazine, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal Magazine, Time Magazine, Black Enterprise , Capitol File Magazine, Essence, and American Salon Magazine. 

            In June of 1998, he created the Avatar Wellness Foundation, which since has raised over $20,000 in donations for such organizations as: The University of Maryland Hospital for Children's Pediatric AIDS Program, Georgetown University Hospital's Pediatric AIDS Program, and The St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home in Prince George's County. 

            Other organizations that have benefited from Avatar Wellness are: Shepherd's Table, Locks of Love, an annual scholarship to a deserving graduate of St. Michaels School of Silver Spring, MD, Toys for Tots, and chosen families in the Metropolitan area that have experienced certain hardships.

            This distinct world-class hair professional and entrepreneur is indeed a credit to his craft as he has joined the ranks of the best with his high-caliber skill and unwavering dedication.