My root curls are extremly soft compared to the rest of my hair and lots of people like touching them. They normally ask "May I touch your hair?" and I let them do so. As long as they don't go berserk on it and make it frizzy.

One of my closest friends (I have secretly been in love with him for 6 months though) always touches my hair and root curls, and it actually makes me so relaxed that I have fallen asleep in his arms that way.
He has curls too and as with me, everyone touches them. It's insane.