Niranjana, this one's for you.
My hair's just grown long enough for me to put it into a coronet. Which I really like, because although the two single braids are fun they aren't quite professional enough for teaching.
When I catch myself in the mirror I am reminded of the above image, from Little Town on the Prairie (drawn by Garth Williams).
But the real reason I'm putting up this picture is because Mr. Williams included another detail, one I didn't notice until I was old enough to realize what it was.
Garth Williams drew fifteen-year-old Laura Ingalls with hairy legs.
When I noticed it, at age nineteen or so (yes, I still reread the Little House books sometimes), I was intensely gratified and wanted to personally thank him.
It almost made up for the fact that no female character until Are You There God, It's Me Margaret ever seemed to go through puberty -- because Mr. Williams cared enough to include a small marker of its existence.
(It's also a reminder that 19th-century American women didn't shave their legs, but that's another topic for another time!)
Click on the image to enlarge the detail. (Copyright Harper, 1953.)