Hangnails and cuticles, friends or foes? As a nail professional, you are most likely familiar with hangnails, the portion of the cuticle that has separated from the nail edge, and the common causes, including dry hands, nail picking or a protein deficiency. And with the increased frequency of handwashing and hand sanitizer during the pandemic, you have more than likely seen hangnails on the upswing. Though you know how to best handle this pesky problem when it comes to the anatomy of the nail, can you identify the cuticle? It may seem like an obvious answer, but we are here to provide a short lesson on the different parts of the nail.