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I know the order of adjectives,but I don’t know which sentence is correct?

  1. She has curly shoulder-length red hair.
  2. She has shoulder-length curly red hair.
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I suspect that most native English speakers would choose your first option.

But if you were engaged in a conversation with someone about this person's hair in which the other speaker said:

I was told that she had short, curly red hair.

You might well reply:

No, she has shoulder-length, curly red hair.

because it's the length of her hair that's of specific interest.

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  • Quite. There's at least a tendency to put the contextually most important adjective first (though we sometimes specifically choose to put the more important one last anyway, plus it might make a difference if you were going to place heavy stress on one of them). But if Google Books is to be believed, shoulder-length curly red runs OP's first version a close second. Aug 5, 2018 at 14:38
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You'll find that some lists of adjectives go into more detail than others. For example, in the list provided by Cambridge English, size comes before shape

She had shoulder-length, curly, red hair

However, this is only one convention, and I don't think it would be odd to write it the other way around. Plus, as Ronald Sole already mentioned, English speakers tend to put the most contextually important adjectives first.

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Of your three adjectives, shoulder-length (size) comes earliest in the order list, then curly (shape) and finally red (colour), so thus: shoulder-length curly red hair.

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