I've put a thing of some sort on my head for brachot for years. And then I got married, and started going to the mikveh. One makes a bracha in the mikveh, so of course, I ask for the shmatta (rag/cloth) they keep for the purpose, beforehand. I've just gone along with a general sense of consistency.
However, it's been brought up that there are other differences. In other words, I am not usually otherwise naked while making those other brachot. Given that difference, does it still make any sense to cover my head? Conceptually, the question is- are head-covering and body-covering related?
When it comes to real experience, I don't know if the theory matters. I feel awfully strange about the idea of not having that shmatta there, for all that my body is covered in nothing but water. I haven't looked at the halakhot yet, but for myself, the thought of carrying out an important mitzvah with a completely bare head just bugs me.
Maybe it's that covering my head has always had a spiritual component, for me, while covering my body has to do with other people. My clothes aren't relevant to God, but having a head-covering is about acknowledging God's presence, and reminding myself of it. It's about recognizing that God is watching. In other words, that shmatta is a kippah, not an "I'm married" sign. Maybe then, if that sort of head-covering wasn't part of your practice before, it doesn't feel so odd to make a bracha without it. But for me, I really connect to that symbol.
How do you feel about it?